Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128147153

Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination

1st Edition

The Science of Changing Minds and Behaviors

Editors: Robyn Mallett Margo Monteith
Paperback ISBN: 9780128147153
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2019
Page Count: 372
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Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination: The Science of Changing Minds and Behaviors focuses on confrontation as a strategy for reducing bias and discrimination. The book covers decision-making and consequences involved in confronting bias, approaches to confrontation, and intervening at the individual level to change norms and institutions. The book synthesizes the research on the psychology of prejudice to help readers understand the type of people who do and don’t have a propensity to confront prejudice, the mechanisms employed, and how this knowledge can be adapted for interventions. Topics discuss values and fairness, low versus high threat confrontations, and autonomy-supportive and autonomy-restrictive confrontations.

Key Features

  • Addresses factors that determine individuals’ decisions to confront stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
  • Analyzes how personal and collective motives shape responses in confrontation-relevant situations
  • Examines the consequences of confrontation from the perspectives of targets, perpetrators and bystanders
  • Provides a roadmap for how to prepare for and engage in successful confrontations at the individual level
  • Covers confronting bias in various settings including in schools, health care, the workplace and on the internet
  • Discusses confrontation in the context of racism, sexism, sexual harassment and other forms of bias, including intersectional forms of bias


Academic researchers in clinical, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology; advanced undergraduate and graduate students within social psychology; academic researchers in sociology, political science, communication studies

Table of Contents

I. Decisions to Confront Bias
1. Confronting intergroup bias: Predicted and actual responses to racism and sexism
2. The CPR Model: Decisions Involved in Confronting Prejudiced Responses
3. The decision to act: Factors that predict women’s and men’s decisions to confront sexism
4. When do groups with a victimized past feel solidarity with other victimized groups?

II. Motives and Consequences of Confrontation
5. Goals Drive Responses to Perceived Discrimination
6. How lay theories (or mindsets) shape the confrontation of prejudice
7. Personal, collective, and group-distancing motives underlying confrontation of prejudice
8. Adolescents’ Responses to Gendered Harassment and Discrimination: Effective Strategies within a School Context
9. Intersectional approaches to the study of confronting prejudice
10. The consequences of confronting prejudice: Confronter, confronted, and bystander perspectives

III. Approaches to Confrontation in Context
11. Navigating Successful Confrontations: What Should I Say and How Should I Say It?
12. Intervening to "break the gender bias habit."
13. Addressing Bias in Healthcare: Confrontation as a Tool for Bias Reduction and Patient and Provider Self-Advocacy
14. I disagree! Sexism is silly to me!" Teaching children to recognize and confront gender biases
15. From Pixels to Protest: Using the Internet to Confront Bias at the Societal Level


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About the Editor

Robyn Mallett

Robyn Mallett, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Mallett studies the psychology of prejudice and intergroup relations, investigating how people understand and control the world around them through individual and collective action.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, USA

Margo Monteith

Margo Monteith, PhD, is a Professor of Social Psychology for the Department of Psychological Sciences at the Purdue University. Dr. Monteith’s research examines stereotyping and prejudice, drawing from social psychological methods and theories related to social cognition, attitudes, motivation, emotion, and self-regulation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, Indiana, USA

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