Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

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by Claude M. Steele
     
 

ISBN-10: 039306249X

ISBN-13: 9780393062496

Pub. Date: 04/12/2010

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Acclaimed social psychologist Claude Steele offers an insider’s look at his groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.
Through dramatic personal stories, Claude Steele shares the experiments and studies that show, again and again, that exposing subjects to stereotypes—merely reminding a group of female math majors about to take a math test,

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Acclaimed social psychologist Claude Steele offers an insider’s look at his groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.
Through dramatic personal stories, Claude Steele shares the experiments and studies that show, again and again, that exposing subjects to stereotypes—merely reminding a group of female math majors about to take a math test, for example, that women are considered naturally inferior to men at math—impairs their performance in the area affected by the stereotype. Steele’s conclusions shed new light on a host of American social phenomena, from the racial and gender gaps in standardized test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men. Steele explicates the dilemmas that arise in every American’s life around issues of identity, from the white student whose grades drop steadily in his African American Studies class to the female engineering students deciding whether or not to attend predominantly male professional conferences. Whistling Vivaldi offers insight into how we form our senses of identity and ultimately lays out a plan for mitigating the negative effects of “stereotype threat” and reshaping American identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393062496
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Series:
Issues of Our Time Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Anonymous 11 months ago
This book showed how and why stereotypes happen and how people with stereotypes think of themselves personally and if the status that others give them is true or not. Steele shows through psychology the answers to questions most would have about stereotypes. Using social psychology experiments Steele tests to show how individual characteristics or personal beliefs of social groups can affect their stereotypes. In this page turning book, Steele explains how identity can impact a person's everyday behavior depending on if they choose to follow their stereotype or overcome their status. He focuses on specific types of identity issues: stereotype threat, or fear of what people will think about us solely because of our gender, age, race, etc. The major messages and themes of this book were the psychological explanation for stereotypes. I specifically liked the different experiments and studies that Steele conducted to show the different outcomes and reasoning. Someone who would like this book would be interested in psychology or stereotypes. I disliked how repetitive the book can be at times by showing the same explanations for the results of the experiments. The writing style was research material and the reading level was a medium read. This book would be very useful for school curriculum especially if researching stereotypes.