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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.

Communicating Prejudice in Organizations
Communicating prejudice in organizations
Sheryl L.Lindsley

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. (Mead, 1935, p. 322)

Americans face major challenges in recognizing “the whole gamut of human potentialities” because cultural diversity, rather than similarity, is a predominant characteristic of many organizations today. Currently, more than half of the workforce in the United States is composed of women, minorities, or recent immigrants (Kavanagh & Kennedy, 1992). These groups are expected to compose the majority of the net new entrants into the U.S. workforce in the near future. By the year ...

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