Social categories in everyday experience [electronic resource] / edited by Shaun Wiley, Gina Philogène, Tracey A. Revenson.

1st ed.
Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, c2012.
xviii, 227 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.


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"The main objective of this volume is to show how a mature social psychological study of social categories can help us understand the similarities and differences between different categorical systems, the way multiple social categories intersect and overlap, and the way they can inform our everyday interactions and public policy. What makes this book unique is its emphasis on the similarities and differences between two category systems: gender and immigration. Consistent with Deaux's research, the chapters in this volume demonstrate that a social psychological perspective can be applied to both. At the same time, people attach different meanings to each. This volume also takes seriously the variations between them. The second unique contribution of the book is its emphasis on multiplicity. Much of the research on social psychology has considered categories one at a time (Bodenhausen, 2010), despite the fact that we all belong to many and their independent effects cannot be easily partialed out. The experience of race is different for women and men, just as the immigrant experience cannot be captured by studying attachment to the home and the host culture independently. The third and final contribution of the book is the clear link between the science in each chapter and public policy and everyday life. For budding psychologists the book can serve as an introduction to the way that social psychologists understand social categories in an increasingly complex world. For more established researchers the book highlights the cutting edge of psychological theorizing and research on how social categories overlap and intersect in the real world and how they influence outcomes as diverse as leadership, stereotyping, attributions, and intergroup relations. The book can be used in classes across multiple disciplines, including psychology, sociology, political science, and public policy"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2012. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
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