Social Categories in Everyday Experience

Pages: 227
Item #: 4316135
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1093-0
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Copyright: 2012
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How do the social categories with which we identify, or to which others assign us, affect our psychological makeup, our social behaviors, and our life outcomes? The contributors to this edited volume answer this broad social psychological inquiry through their research on the social categories of gender and immigration, the "intersectionality" of these two social categories, and how people outside the two categories frame their conceptions of the two groups and of themselves.

Social Categories in Everyday Experience explores and expands on the construct of social categories by analyzing timely questions such as: How do members of marginalized groups cope with identity and discrimination in everyday settings like school and the workplace? How can stereotyping and discrimination be reduced among members of society's many cross-cutting categories?

The editors and contributors to this volume, who span the disciplines of American and European psychology, sociology, public policy, social psychology, and personality psychology, draw from the work of pioneering social psychologist Kay Deaux, who has served as their academic mentor or scholarly inspiration through her prestigious and prolific body of work.

Written for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars in social psychology, personality psychology, political psychology, multicultural psychology, and sociology, Social Categories in Everyday Experience is also an excellent resource for courses on women's studies and migration studies.

Table of Contents




Introduction: Social Categories Matter
Shaun Wiley, Gina Philogène, and Tracey A. Revenson

I. Theoretical Foundations

  1. Self, Social Identity, and Stigma: Through Kay Deaux's Lens
    Brenda Major
  2. Understanding Social Categories: An Epistemological Journey
    Gina Philogène
  3. Extraordinary Takes on "Ordinary Life": Categories of Sex, Gender, and Identity in the Work of Kay Deaux
    Frances Cherry

II. Gender

  1. Women as Leaders: Progress Through the Labyrinth
    Alice H. Eagly
  2. Linking Personal and Social Histories With Collective Identity Narratives
    Nicola Curtin and Abigail J. Stewart
  3. Standing at the Crossroads of Identity: An Intersectional Approach to Women's Social Identities and Political Consciousness
    Ronni Michelle Greenwood

III. Immigration

  1. The Dehumanization of Refugees: Determinants and Consequences
    Victoria M. Esses , Scott Veenvliet, and Stelian Medianu
  2. Xenophobia and How to Fight It: Immigrants as the Quintessential "Other"
    Susan T. Fiske and Tiane L. Lee
  3. The Dynamics of Multicultural Identities
    Ying-yi Hong

IV. Looking Back and Moving Forward

  1. Building Solidarity Across Difference: Social Identity, Intersectionality, and Collective Action for Social Change
    Shaun Wiley and Nida Bikmen
  2. Categories We Live By
    Kay Deaux


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Shaun Wiley, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at The College of New Jersey. His research focuses on collective identity and intergroup relations among marginalized and immigrant groups. Specifically, it examines how members of disadvantaged groups deal with discrimination and low status and the factors that influence the relationship between people's multiple social identities.

Gina Philogène, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Sarah Lawrence College, where she has been on the faculty since 1998. Her PhD is from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Her interests are in social and cultural psychology, history of psychology, race and social identity, as well as social representations.

She is the author or editor of three books: From Black to African American: A New Representation (Greenwood-Praeger, 1999), The Representations of the Social: Bridging Theoretical Traditions (with Kay Deaux; Blackwell, 2001), and Racial Identity in Context: The Legacy of Kenneth B. Clark (APA, 2004). She is the recipient of several grants from the National Science Foundation as well as APA. She is currently working on a book analyzing the role of group denominations in civil societies.

Tracey A. Revenson, PhD, is professor of psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research centers on stress and coping processes among individuals, couples, and families facing chronic physical illnesses; the influence of interpersonal relationships on adaptation; and the influence of gender on health.

She was the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior, and Policy, serves as associate editor of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and is on the editorial board of Health Psychology

Dr. Revenson served as president of APA's Division of Health Psychology in 2005. She is the author or editor of six volumes, including Couples Coping With Stress, The Handbook of Health Psychology, and Ecological Research to Promote Social Change.

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