The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.
Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.
About the Author
Claude Steele is the provost of Columbia University. He is the author of numerous published articles and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Introduction: At the Root of Identity 1
Chapter 2 A Mysterious Link Between Identity and Intellectual Performance 16
Chapter 3 Stereotype Threat Comes to Light, and in More than One Group 44
Chapter 4 A Broader View of Identity: In the Lives of Anatole Broyard, Amin Maalouf, and the Rest of Us 63
Chapter 5 The Many Experiences of Stereotype Threat 85
Chapter 6 Identity Threat and the Efforting Life 99
Chapter 7 The Mind on Stereotype Threat: Racing and Overloaded 114
Chapter 8 The Strength of Stereotype Threat: The Role of Cues 134
Chapter 9 Reducing Identity and Stereotype Threat: A New Hope 152
Chapter 10 The Distance Between Us: The Role of Identity Threat 191
Chapter 11 Conclusion: Identity as a Bridge Between Us 211
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Claude Steele integrates narrative and research to write a compelling book that describes research. This is a must read!