Introduction: the changing place of prejudice: a migration underground; 1. 'Those people all look alike': the myth of the other; 2. 'They must be guilty of something': myths of criminalization; 3. 'Feminists are man-haters': backlash myth-making; 4. 'Gays flaunt their sexuality': the myth of hypersexuality; 5. 'I'm not a racist, I'm colorblind': the myth of neutrality; 6. 'Affirmative action is reverse racism': the myth of merit; Conclusion.
Focuses on commonly held cultural myths as the basis for examining subtle forms of racial, sexual, gender and religious bias.
Kristin J. Anderson is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. She teaches college courses on prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping and her work has been published in many academic journals including Developmental Psychology, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Sex Roles and Journal of Latinos and Education.
'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, University of California, Santa Cruz
'Benign Bigotry is a very well-written, clear and readable book. It relates to important contemporary issues, such as discrimination based on race, gender and sexuality, which persist[s] in spite of extensive legislation ... would be of interest to someone considering, or engaged in, postgraduate study in social psychology; but in addition, it could appeal to the intelligent lay person as well as to professionals such as teachers, human resource executives, lawyers, police, social workers and public administrators.' Social Psychological Review
"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