The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

Synopsis

Promoting a scholarly understanding of the psychology of social and cultural diversity in the early stages of 21st century, this volume encourages an in-depth appreciation of the value in diversity while directly addressing social intervention and policy implications.
  • Offers, for the very first time, an integrated approach to the issues raised by increasingly complex representations of social identity
  • Explores the psychological implications and applications of new forms of social and cultural diversity
  • Includes research from a diverse range of scholars that covers a broad spectrum of sub-disciplines
  • Discusses how the applications of multiculturalism and diversity research can encourage more positive intergroup relations
  • Develops an in depth understanding and appreciation of the value of social and cultural diversity

Excerpt

The series of volumes on Social Issues and Interventions represents a joint effort of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and Wiley-Blackwell, launched in 2006. Consistent with SPSSI’s dual mission of encouraging systematic research on current social issues and bringing the findings of social psychological research to bear on public policy, the goal of the series is to help fill the gap between basic research on social issues and translation into social policy and program interventions. Each book in the series is an edited volume devoted to a specific social issue-relevant theme, covering related theory, research, and application.

Editors and contributors to each volume are experts in social psychology and related disciplines in order to provide a multifaceted analysis of a particular contemporary social issue. Utilizing both case studies and theory, this series is intended to present readers with a comprehensive examination of complex social problems while concurrently advancing research in the field.

As the third volume in the series, The Psychology of Social and Cul tural Diversity fulfills the purposes envisioned for this venture, bringing together multiple perspectives to focus on a compelling and critically important social issue. The unprecedented degree of cultural, religious, and ideological diversity now existing within, as well as between, nation-states constitutes a unique challenge of the twenty-first century. Although managing the consequences of diversity has political, economic, and institutional aspects, the psychological challenges of living in a complex multicultural world are particularly profound. Realizing the benefits of diversity without the costs of conflict or alienation will require new forms of social identity, new ways of thinking about differences, and new psychological adaptations to embrace change and . . .

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