The Politics of Stereotype: Psychology and Affirmative Action / Edition 1

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Affirmative Action was initially an emergency stop-gap measure to resolve a serious and immediate problem. As such, like most temporary corrective measures, it was imperfect: the guidelines vague and definition unclear, with a misguided understanding of merit. Stereotypes have not disappeared from American society. Prejudice has been transformed from overt actions in the 1950s to more subtle and indirect forms that are still prevalent. Salinas shows us that a long-term program is needed to solve the problem of inequality, not just compensate for it.

Affirmative Action was originally needed to deal with disparities - social, economic, political and educational - in America. What is needed is a new, long-term program to attack the root causes of inequality and prejudice. Salinas believes the quest to end disparity in this country must begin with educational reform, abandoning an antiquated educational model designed to serve an emerging industrial society and based on the values of the dominant white class of the time. He applies empirical evidence to reach policy conclusions moving beyond our current Affirmative Action.

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Meet the Author

MOISES F. SALINAS is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Central Connecticut State University.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 What Is Affirmative Action? 5
Ch. 2 Affirmative Action: Myths and Misconceptions Revisited 27
Ch. 3 Affirmative Action and Psychology 41
Ch. 4 Affirmative Action and the Politics of Stereotype 61
Ch. 5 A Learner-Centered Paradigm 85
Epilogue 107
References 109
Index 133
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Politics of Stereotype: Psychology and Affirmative Action

    I read this book as part of a course, and it completely changed my outlook on affirmative action! This is a magnificent book, clear to read, and it lays out the rational for pro-active measures to attack the root causes of inequality from a psychological and educational perspective. In my opinion, a must buy if you are interested in social justice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Politics of Stereotype: Psychology and Affirmative Action

    Affirmative Action was originally needed to deal with disparities--social, economic, political, and educational-- in America. Although it has been somewhat successful at closing the gap between the dominant class and the under-represented minorities in America, it was only designed to correct for the inequalities and it never addressed their origin. What is needed now is a new, long-term program to attack the root causes of inequality and prejudice, which, according to psychological research (and contrary to what many believe), have not disappeared but just evolved into a more subtle, covert form. Salinas believes the quest to end disparity in this country must begin with educational reform, abandoning an antiquated educational model designed to serve an emerging industrial society and based on the values of the dominant white class of the time. He applies empirical evidence to reach policy conclusions moving beyond our current Affirmative Action.

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