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"Kristin Anderson frames serious social problems of prejudice and discrimination in a compelling, engaging manner through the systematic use of cutting-edge scientific research. Not only does she diagnose the problems, she also offers some possible cures leaving the reader with the optimism that things can continue to improve in our society. This book is a brilliant piece of scholarship that deserves to reach a wide audience."
--Campbell Leaper, Professor of Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz

"...Benign Bigotry does a great job of describing research in an engaging way and opening readers' eyes to the many ways in which prejudice and discrimination affect their targets as well as their sources. It is an easy and interesting read, yet it describes research more accurately and understandably than do many similar types of books. It is a relatively complete picture of the social psychological reasons behind some of our more "misguided" social beliefs about others and a resource offering clear prescriptions for change... Anderson places social psychological research on prejudice in plain sight."
--Helen C. Harton and Thomas Dirth, PsycCRITIQUES

"...Anderson (Univ. of Houston, Downtown) illuminates the subtle ways in which individuals act, intentionally or unintentionally, out of prejudice in contemporary society. Her writing is engaging, even when she presents empirical data to make her case for six "commonly held cultural myths" having to do with otherness, criminalization, feminism, homosexuality, race, and "reverse racism."... Anderson is the first to present the scholarship an accessible, compelling way... Highly recommended..."
M. Bonner. Hawaii Pacific University, CHOICE

"....Anderson's writing style is nontechnical and she clearly explains potentially problematic aspects of conducting research and interpreting its results for readers who may be unfamiliar with the research process. These characteristics also make the book useful as a textbook for an undergraduate seminar on contemporary prejudice...."
Bernard E. Whitley, Jr., Ball State University, Sex Roles

Book Description

In a fresh format Benign Bigotry addresses commonly held cultural myths as the basis for examining subtle forms of racial, sexual, gender and religious bias. Kristin J. Anderson skilfully relates each myth to real world events, emphasizing how errors in individual thinking can affect society as a whole.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521702593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521702591
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Grosenick on June 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Our women's group read "Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice" by Dr. Kristin J. Anderson. We discussed the many groups often stereotyped by others. Following the author's chapter headings "Those people all look alike," "They must be guilty of something," "Feminists are man-haters, and "Gays flaunt their sexuality", for example, we did some deep soul-searching and found ourselves guilty. These myths are not so subtle and never benign. Dr. Anderson is positive in her approach, identifying the myths and encouraging everyone to exercise empathy toward stigmatized groups. This book could be used in a college course or by any person or group interested in exploring discrimination and prejudice in today's society.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Trosty on August 2, 2013
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This book offers and insightful examination into multiple forms of bigotry, including race, sexism and homophobia. It looks at the underlying reason for bigotry, many of which most people are not even aware of. It examines this issue from a social psychology perspective and is intended as an attempt to make people understand the reasons for various forms of bigotry. It does not preach to the reader nor is it judgmental. But it does look at the issue in an honest way.
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