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This well-written, accessible, widely popular resource uses a stimulating inquiry approach to engage readers in discussion and debate around the most critical issues of diversity in America. Grounded in research from behavioral and social sciences–including education, psychology, history, sociology, biology, anthropology, women’s studies, and ethnic studies–the book uses the question and answer format to bring real meaning and understanding to the topics.
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0134044312 / 9780134044316 Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America, Enhanced Pearson eText with Loose-Leaf Version - Access Card Package
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Kent L. Koppelman is the author and editor of several books in the field of multicultural issues and diversity, among them Values in the Key of Life (Baywood Publishing, 2000), a book of essays on diversity and moral issues; Understanding Human Differences (Pearson, 2005); and The Great Diversity Debate (Teachers College Press, 2012). Dr. Koppelman is professor emeritus at UW-La Crosse.
SECTION 1 Individual Attitudes and Interpersonal Relations
Chapter 1 Understanding Ourselves and Others: Clarifying Values and Language
Chapter 2 Understanding Prejudice and Its Causes
Chapter 3 Communication, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution
SECTION 2 Cultural Foundations of Oppression in the United States
Chapter 4 Immigration and Oppression: The Assault on Cultural and Language Diversity
Chapter 5 Race and Oppression: The Experiences of People of Color in America
Chapter 6 Religion and Oppression: The Struggle for Religious Freedom
Chapter 7 Rejecting Oppressive Relationships: The Logic of Cultural Pluralism for a Diverse Society
SECTION 3 Contemporary Dilemmas for Intergroup Relations
Chapter 8 Racism: Confronting a Legacy of White Domination in America
Chapter 9 Classism: Misperceptions and Myths About Income, Wealth, and Poverty
Chapter 10 Sexism: Where the Personal Becomes Political
Chapter 11 Heterosexism: Transforming Homosexuality from Deviant to Different
Chapter 12 Ableism: Disability Does Not Mean Inability
SECTION 4 The Challenge of Diversity to American Institutions
Chapter 13 Pluralism in Schools: The Promise of Multicultural Education
Chapter 14 Pluralism in Society: Creating Unity in a Diverse America
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