Our Racist Heart?

Our Racist Heart?

An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life

Book - 2013
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Few people today would admit to being a racist, or to making assumptions about individuals based on their skin colour, or on their gender or social class. In this book, the author, a psychologist, asks if prejudice, more subtle than before, is still a major part of our everyday lives. He suggests that implicit biases based around race are not just found in small sections of our society, but that they also exist in the psyches of even the most liberal, educated and fair minded of us. More importantly, the book outlines how these 'hidden' attitudes and prejudices can be revealed and measured, and how they in turn predict behaviours in a number of important social situations. This book takes a fresh look at our racial attitudes, using new technology and experimental approaches to show how unconscious biases influence our everyday actions and thinking. These results are brought to life using the author's own experiences of class and religious prejudice in Northern Ireland, and are also discussed in relation to the history of race, racism and social psychological theory.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2013
ISBN: 9780415612999
Branch Call Number: 303.385 BEATTIE
Characteristics: xv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Nov 14, 2013

Geoffrey Beattie's "Our Racist Heart" is a well-written, relevant and timely book, particularly for those of us seek to live in a society where they are so many ways we can unconsciously discriminate. This should be read especially by those who publicly interact with others in their jobs or professions. Beattie's personal background lends a greater understanding to the harmful effects of discrimination even when it was not intended. This work shows the discrimination is present in several areas - ethnicity, nationality , religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, weight etc. I particularly hope that those of us (teachers, librarians, volunteer coaches, counsellors, etc.) who interact with our children and young people take the time to read this work. The few who think that they are free of any bias towards others would be surprised to find that this is likely to be untrue. This work is worth reading. Seelochan Beharry


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