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Multiculturalism and Diversity. A Social Psychological Perspective. Contemporary Social Issues

  • ID: 2245980
  • Book
  • August 2009
  • Region: Global
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Multiculturalism is a theoretical, political, and educational perspective that has had great influence within contemporary psychology but of which the meaning and implications are not yet fully understood. In
Multiculturalism and Diversity, Bernice Lott uses the lenses of social and critical psychology to illuminate the meaning and scope of culture and its relationship with diversity. Lott posits that all human beings in contemporary society are multicultural and focuses on the many dimensions and politics of culture and how these shape individual identities.

The definition of culture guiding this book is one that is inclusive and pertains to many human groups, large and small. The author argues that such an approach provides an authentic way of understanding how significant group memberships affect individual self–definition, experience, behavior, and social interaction. Multiculturalism and Diversity positions multicultural psychology as an active, changing, and dynamic field and is sure to stimulate reasoned debate, discussion, and questions for further empirical inquiry.

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1 Introduction: The Multicultural Person.

Multicultural Psychology and Cross–Cultural Psychology.

Interpretive Lenses.

Persons and Communities.

A Proposed Social Psychological Perspective.

Definitions and Common Themes.

2 Culture.

Culture is Part of Human Biology.

Diversity of Cultures.

Empiricism and Social Constructions.

3 Ethnicity.

Race and Racism.


4 Gender.

Differences in Relative Power.

Cultures of Gender.

Interactions with Ethnicity.

Gender Salience.

5 Social Class.

Doing Social Class.

Unequal Access to Resources.

Working–Class and Low–Income Families.

The Middle Class.

The Rich.

Moving On.

6 Sexual Identity Cultures.

Heterosexual Culture.

Sexual Minority Cultures.

7 The Cultural Mosaic.

Diverse Cultural Communities.

Cultural Identities: How Do I Describe Myself?

Conflicting Identities.

Cultural Intersections.

8 Some Implications for Research and Practice.



What Now?


Subject Index.

Name Index.

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Bernice Lott
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