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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.

Michael L.Hecht

The original plan for this book called for me to provide you with a conclusion. But conclusions imply a finality, a certainty, and an ending that I do not wish to communicate. Instead, one of our major goals was to problematize, or call into question and uncertainty, our knowledge and assumptions about prejudice and its expression. In addition, the contributors to this volume were selected to represent diversity—diversity of ideas, personhood, origin, demography, and so on. In the introduction (Chapters 1), 1 attempted to preview some of the commonalities across chapters. Here I wish to retain the dynamics of difference—what some would call tension, but I prefer to avoid negative connotations for this element.

In keeping with this value of difference, I wish to ...

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