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Whistling Vivaldi : how stereotypes affect us and what we can do

Author: Claude Steele
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2011 ©2010
Series: Issues of our time (W.W. Norton & Company)
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claude Steele
Author Notes:
ISBN: 9780393339727 0393339726 9780393062496 039306249X
OCLC Number: 708252122
Description: xii, 242 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: An introduction : at the root of identity --
A mysterious link between identity and intellectual performance --
Stereotype threat comes to light, and in more than one group --
A broader view of identity : in the lives of Anatole Broyard, Amin Maalouf, and the rest of us --
The many experiences of stereotype threat --
Identity threat and the efforting life --
The mind on stereotype threat : racing and overloaded --
The strength of stereotype threat : the role of cues --
Reducing identity and stereotype threat : a new hope --
The distance between us : the role of identity threat --
Conclusion : identity as a bridge between us.
Series Title: Issues of our time (W.W. Norton & Company)
Responsibility: Claude M. Steele.


"In Whistling Vivaldi, renowned social psychologist Claude M. Steele addresses one of the most perplexing social issues of our time: the trend of minority underperformance in higher education. With strong evidence showing that the problem involves more than weaker skills, Steele explores other explanations. Here he presents an insider's look at his research and details his groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity, findings that will deeply alter the way we think about ourselves, our abilities, and our relationships with each other. Through dramatic personal stories, Steele shares the researcher's experience of peering beneath the surface of our ordinary social lives to reveal what it's like to be stereotyped based on our gender, age, race, class, or any of the ways by which we culturally classify one another. What he discovers is that this experience of "stereotype threat" can profoundly affect our functioning: undermining our performance, causing emotional and physiological reactions, and affecting our career and relationship choices. But because these threats, though little recognized, are near-daily and life-shaping for all of us, the shared experience of them can help bring Americans closer together."--Jacket.

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