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Prejudice pervades our society in many guises, from pejorative remarks to acts of violence. Communicating Prejudice explores the many dimensions of prejudice. It presents a new and integrative conceptual model of prejudice, the layered perspective of cultural intolerance, and uses this model to analyze the communication of prejudice in a variety of spheres such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and classism. Drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives, the first two chapters present the model and theoretical foundation for the book, and subsequent chapters deal with specific foci of prejudice, including personal prejudice and prejudice in relationships, organizations, and the media. Included is a series of personal narratives to illustrate specific types and instances of prejudice. This book will be useful as a supplementary text in upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses examining issues of race, gender, and ethnicity.

Introduction
Introduction
Michael L.Hecht

Is prejudice like the air and the ground, a basic structure of human existence? Is it like the light, an indelible part of the human viewpoint? Or, is it a germ that has polluted the waters of our bodily fluids and can be extinguished or expelled? Is it inevitably part of our connecting? Does it derive from our heredity, biology, or social structures? How does prejudice function as a form of expression in the social world? Our goal in writing this book is to further our understanding of prejudice and its communication, focusing mainly on U.S. culture. We cannot hope to answer all of these questions, but we can hope to discuss prejudice, particularly its expression, and suggest ways of understanding and dealing ...

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