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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.

Personal and Interpersonal Interventions
Personal and interpersonal interventions
Flavio FranciscoMarsigliaMichael L.Hecht

As we were discussing possible approaches to overcoming prejudice, Flavio Marsiglia recalled a particular effort undertaken by the Council of Christians and Jews in a large midwestern city. The project aimed at bringing together people who did not spontaneously interact with each other on a regular basis. The organizers’ assumption was that by bringing people together in small discussion groups, individuals would share their fears and uneasiness about each other and prejudice would diminish. Marsiglia is not sure about the overall effectiveness of the effort. However, he remembers a comment made by a Puerto Rican woman during one of the meetings he attended. She said that eliminating prejudice was too high of an aim for that ...

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