The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination
by Jean Lau Chin, Editor
November 2009, 284pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37821-8
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Why do prejudice and discrimination still exist? We are more liberal, more tolerant than ever, with more antidiscrimination legal protections. Yet prejudice about gender, race, ethnicity, gender orientation, weight, and disability persists, rearing its head over a myriad of issues, including immigration and socialization of children.

An updated and condensed version of the landmark work on the psychological impact of prejudice and discrimination.

Spanning four volumes, the first edition of The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination provided a much-needed cornerstone work on one of the most crucial issues in the United States today. This updated and condensed edition of the award-winning set is a streamlined yet rich and insightful look at the mechanisms of prejudice and discrimination in practice.

Editor Jean Chin and contributors from across the nation offer insight into how discrimination in American society is rationalized and enacted, as well as how it is experienced by diverse groups. Coverage goes beyond racism to include sexism and the plight of LGBTQ youths, as well as people with disabilities. Updates include a new introduction and conclusion presenting developments, successes, and failures in fighting prejudice and discrimination since the original set was published.


  • 17 contributors bring diverse and differing perspectives on prejudice and discrimination
  • Each chapter concludes with a "Toolbox for Change" section, which proposes strategies for eliminating prejudice and discrimination
Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D., A.B.P.P. is professor and dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Dr. Chin is the editor of Praeger's Diversity in Mind and in Action and the series editor for Praeger's line of books focused on issues in psychology, race, and ethnicity.


"President Obama's biracial background serves as a springboard for the revised, condensed edition of this landmark four-volume edition published in 2004. Chin (advanced psychological studies, Adelphi U., Garden City, NJ) introduces 17 chapters presenting diverse theoretical and personal perspectives on sexism, prejudice against sexual and other minorities, and people with disabilities, as well as racism. Updates include a new introduction and conclusion presenting developments, successes, and failures in fighting prejudice and discrimination. Chapters include toolboxes for ways to achieve cultural competence and change at the individual and system levels."—Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2010

"Outside academia, practitioners in clinical and counseling psychology are especially likely to find this volume valuable, as are psychiatrists and social workers and potentially educators and policymakers....The latest edition of The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination serves as a timely reminder that the discipline of psychology remains relevant to the understanding and improvement of intergroup relations, despite the claim by some political commentators that the election of President Obama stands as proof that the United States is postracial. Moreover, Chin’s latest edition simultaneously indicates how far the United States has come and how far the United States has to go in fulfilling its own egalitarian creed." —PsycCRITIQUES, September 8, 2010
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