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For Multicultural Education/Diversity as well as General Education coursesUnderstanding Human Differencesis the best single text for introducing students to the study of diversity in Twenty-First Century America and provides a clear conceptual framework for teaching about diversity.The author uses clear examples, lucid language, and engaging activities to involve students in thinking through fundamental ideas that ground their understanding of diversity. The author investigates three converging elements in his examination of human differences: individual attitudes and behaviors, cultural expectations, and institutional policies and practices. This examination provides the basis for the conceptual organization of the text.
In 2000, Dr. Koppelman published Values in the Key ofLife, a book of essays on diversity and moral issues. Understanding Human Differences was first published in 2005. He is currently working on an anthology for Pearson addressing diversity issues. Dr. Koppelman is a professor emeritus at UW-La Crosse.
Table of Contents
Section I: Individual Attitudes and Interpersonal Relations 1. Understanding Ourselves and Others: Clarifying Values and Language 2. Understanding Prejudice and Its Causes 3. Communication, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution
Section II: Cultural Foundations of Oppression in the United States 4. Immigrants and Oppressions: The Assault on Cultural and Language Diversity 5. Race and Oppression: The Experiences of People of Color in America 6. Religion and Oppression: The Struggle for Religious Freedom 7. rejecting Oppressive Relationships: The Logic of Cultural Pluralism for a Diverse Society
Section III: Contemporary Dilemmas for Intergroup Relations 8. Racism: Confronting a Legacy of White Domination of America 9. Sexism: Where the Personal Becomes Political 10. Heterosexism: Transforming Homosexuality from Deviant to Different 11. Classism: Misperceptions and Myths about Income, Wealth, and Poverty 12. Ableism: Disability Does Not Mean Inability
Section IV: The Challenge of Diversity to American Institutions 13. Pluralism in Schools: The Promise of Multicultural Education 14. Pluralism in Society: Creating Unity in a Diverse America