The following review appeared in the May 2017 issue of CHOICE:
Psychology of prejudice and discrimination, by Mary E. Kite and Bernard E. Whitley Jr. 3rd ed. Routledge, 2016. 713p bibl indexes afp ISBN 9781138947528, $295.00; ISBN 9781138947542 pbk, $119.95; ISBN 9781315623849 ebook, contact pubisher for price.
In the third edition of their prominent textbook, Kite and Whitley (both, Ball State Univ.) thoroughly examine psychological research related to forms of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; there is also a focus on contemporary social issues. After an introduction of the main concepts and psychologists’ approach to studying them, the text details processes of social categorization and stereotype activation and application. Elements of prejudice are examined through the lens of various contemporary forms of intolerance, individual differences, development in children, and social context. The closing chapter considers the reduction of prejudice and discrimination. Throughout the text, applied examples of current issues (e.g., the Black Lives Matter movement, fascism, etc.) make the theoretical and empirical research applicable and helpful for students. Each chapter is followed by discussion questions that not only test students’ comprehension of the material but also engage them in critical thinking. The text is an excellent choice for students, as it not only details prejudice and discrimination but delves further and discusses privilege and oppression.
--I. I. Katzarska-Miller, Transylvania University
Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates.