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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.
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By Peter on 06-02-16
A must-read about the roll of stereotypes
I read this book, hoping to find suggestions and scientific results about the role of stereotypes in our society (in the US), and this book was a great place to start. The author doesn't just voice his opinion, but describes and gives results from painstakingly planned-out experiments that separate out how different groups of people do better and worse in academics, due to often subtle environmental cues that severely affect that performance.
Although I found listening to detailed scientific experiments a little heavy at times, it is so important to read and understand the conclusions that Steele found. As a parent of a girl, navigating her way through science and math, and an African American boy, navigating his way through academics in general, I am so glad I found this important book and educated myself on the effects of stereotypes on all of us.
I was impressed that the author didn't just discuss the effects of stereotypes on people of color, but also discussed testing on the effects of gender on female students' math performance, and why they might struggle in math classes when they are very intelligent and successful in non-math subjects.
Highly recommended. If the experiments weigh you down in listening, at least fast forward to the results so you can learn what they ultimately found.
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