Stigma and Group Inequality: Social Psychological Perspectives

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Shana Levin, Colette Van Laar
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006 - Social Science - 333 pages
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Today people still suffer from stigma based on many different group memberships: African Americans and Latinos are negatively stereotyped in the intellectual domain, women are negatively stereotyped in the math domain, and those who are mentally ill suffer from more global devaluation. Stigma and Group Inequality provides a snapshot of the latest theoretical and empirical work on social psychological approaches to stigma and group inequality. It focuses on the perspective of stereotyped or stigmatized groups and discusses the affects on the stigmatized individual, his or her interaction partners, the stigmatized and non-stigmatized groups to which they belong, and the relations between the groups.


Broken into three major sections, the text:

*discusses the tradeoffs that stigmatized individuals must contend with as they weigh the benefits derived from a particular response to stigma against the costs associated with it, specifically with confronting and not confronting discrimination;

*explores the ways in which environments can threaten one's intellectual performance, sense of belonging, and self concept; and

*argues that the experience of possessing a stigmatized identity is shaped by social interactions with others in the stigmatized group as well as members of the other out groups.


This book is written by experts in clear language that is accessible to a wide audience of teachers, administrators, managers, community leaders, and concerned citizens who are trying to understand and improve the plight of stigmatized individuals in school, at work, at home, in the community, and in society at large. With cutting-edge research, Stigma and Group Inequality is also a valuable resource for students and scholars in the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology, communication, public policy, and political science, particularly for courses on stigma, prejudice, and intergroup relations.

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