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Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice by [Anderson, Kristin J.]
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'Kristin Anderson frames serious social problems of prejudice and discrimination in a compelling, engaging manner through the systematic use of cutting-edge scientific research. Not only does she diagnose the problems, she also offers some possible cures leaving the reader with the optimism that things can continue to improve in our society. This book is a brilliant piece of scholarship that deserves to reach a wide audience.' Campbell Leaper, University of California, Santa Cruz

'Benign Bigotry is a very well-written, clear and readable book. It relates to important contemporary issues, such as discrimination based on race, gender and sexuality, which persist[s] in spite of extensive legislation … would be of interest to someone considering, or engaged in, postgraduate study in social psychology; but in addition, it could appeal to the intelligent lay person as well as to professionals such as teachers, human resource executives, lawyers, police, social workers and public administrators.' Social Psychological Review

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In a fresh format Benign Bigotry addresses commonly held cultural myths as the basis for examining subtle forms of racial, sexual, gender and religious bias. Kristin J. Anderson skilfully relates each myth to real world events, emphasizing how errors in individual thinking can affect society as a whole.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004123D0W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This seems to have been intended as an academic book on prejudice but in fact I think it's very useful as an exposé of how prejudice persists in the modern age, in spite of anti-discrimination legislation and 'political correctness'. Anderson takes 6 of the types of statements that display prejudice of various kinds and reviews the research evidence which shows how these kinds of prejudice 'work' nowadays and how they can be combated. Chapter 6 should be required reading for anyone in a human resources function or indeed anyone responsible for decisions about hiring people. If you are interested in how prejudice works and how it can still function in an age when equality legislation is well established, read this book. And in case it's not clear, the title is intended to be 'ironic': there is no way in which the bigotry discussed is really 'benign'.

My criticisms would be that it is very American oriented and concentrates on three domains of prejudice only: race, gender and sexual orientation. There is nothing about prejudice on age or disability, for example. However, given that no one book can cover everything I think this is a very thought provoking and potentially useful book. To me it's a pity it wasn't 'packaged' more for the general public, rather than seemingly being aimed at an academic readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Examination of Multiple Forms of Bigotry 2 Aug. 2013
By Stephen Trosty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers and insightful examination into multiple forms of bigotry, including race, sexism and homophobia. It looks at the underlying reason for bigotry, many of which most people are not even aware of. It examines this issue from a social psychology perspective and is intended as an attempt to make people understand the reasons for various forms of bigotry. It does not preach to the reader nor is it judgmental. But it does look at the issue in an honest way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice 5 Jun. 2010
By Corinne Grosenick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Our women's group read "Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice" by Dr. Kristin J. Anderson. We discussed the many groups often stereotyped by others. Following the author's chapter headings "Those people all look alike," "They must be guilty of something," "Feminists are man-haters, and "Gays flaunt their sexuality", for example, we did some deep soul-searching and found ourselves guilty. These myths are not so subtle and never benign. Dr. Anderson is positive in her approach, identifying the myths and encouraging everyone to exercise empathy toward stigmatized groups. This book could be used in a college course or by any person or group interested in exploring discrimination and prejudice in today's society.

Tags: Sociology/Psychology
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shaming & Preachy 8 May 2016
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Format: Paperback
This author knows better than you, (or any other individual), how best to think and anyone who does not think the way she does is a bigot.

Do gooders like Kristin Anderson are so overly attuned to the issue of bigotry that they go around finding it where it doesn't even exist.

Kristin Anderson wants to construct an ultra liberal social reality. She attempts to influence the reader in order to make them more open-minded and tolerant.I agreed with some of her assertions because several specific points she makes are hard to refute however in most parts her naivety made me wince.I find that liberals,like this author,tend not to be very skeptical of people and human nature in general.They seem to have massive faith in people they don't know,are less questioning of others - this is mainly due to them being overly protected/nurtured in their childhood and youth.

So many lefty progressive types seem almost delusional when it comes to how they think people function.This persists until their bubble of kindness bursts and it suddenly dawns on them that they are in serious danger.This authors worldview is known as naive prey syndrome.

Spot the bigot. It's like a 'Wheres Wally' type of game for them, where they try and find racism, homophobia, or whatever secular sin they think someone has committed, in everything, regardless if it even exists.
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