Diversity in Mind and in Action
by Jean Lau Chin, Editor
June 2009, 627pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34707-8
$163, £121, 136€, A233
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America as a melting pot is a myth. Divergent groups do not fully blend with each other, and the fact that people can retain their cultural identities is our strength. Our weakness, however, is a lack of respect for diversity that may reduce opportunity in areas ranging from health and education to employment and legal protection.

The editor of the award-winning, four-volume Praeger set The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination brings her team back together to take a comprehensive look at the flip side of the issue—diversity.

The importance of understanding, supporting, and acting to encourage cultural diversity across social, psychological, political, legal, career, and educational avenues is addressed in this one-stop source for the latest research, developments, and updates. Social privilege for certain groups, the oppression of others, and methods to teach diversity necessary for our future are all addressed. Contributors, from psychologists to educators to social workers, also take a close look at programs spurring success in diversity in the United States and globally.

This dynamic, revealing work demonstrates that we must expand—and are expanding—our definition of diversity to include, not only race and ethnicity, but also sexual orientation, religion, and disability. The challenge for those who want a society that honors all is to establish equity for all. While full victory in that challenge has been slow to come, Diversity in Mind and in Action makes it clear that there are success stories to be shared—and new avenues to be spotlighted.

Features

  • Features personal stories and vignettes to illustrate effects of policies and programs, or lack thereof
  • Offers "Key Questions" as an appendix in each volume
  • Includes six illustrations
Jean Lau Chin is dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. A member of the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, she is also an organizer and speaker for the National Multicultural Summit. Her published works include Praeger’s The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination.

Reviews

". . . Chin (Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi U.) presents 33 articles that collectively provide a framework for examining issues of diversity while simultaneously examining ways to act to encourage society and institutions to value and protect equity and diversity."—Reference & Research Book News, November 1, 2009

"Chin (Adelphi Univ.) has created a seminal resource on diversity in education, employment, the criminal justice system, and health care--venues in which one can find documented disparities in the provision of essential services and resources to various groups. . . . the current set is timely, given the need for health care reform. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels." —Choice, December 1, 2009

"A powerful reference for any college strong in social issues."—Midwest Book Review, January 28, 2010
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