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Battling Bias The Struggle for Identity and Community on College Campuses by Ruth Sidel

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Published by Penguin (Non-Classics) .
Written in English


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Number of Pages304
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Open LibraryOL7349016M
ISBN 100140158316
ISBN 109780140158311

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  Unfortunately, bias incidents, hate crimes and discrimination are far from rare at America's colleges. But, as Sidel shows, many students are actively battling them. The author personalizes and clarifies a rancorous national by: 1.   Politicians, philosophers, and academics have spent countless hours debating the issues of greatest concern on college campuses today: multiculturalism, political correctness, race relations, sexual politics, and gender. But what has been noticeably missing from their discussions are the voices Pages:   Battling Bias is one of the first books to offer an analysis of their actions and reactions on their own college campuses. In this work a wide variety of students from both public and private schools across the country share their pain and anger, their concerns and experiences and the impact on their lives of the surge of conflicts so Brand: Penguin Publishing Group. A sometimes illuminating survey of campus conflicts over bias and identity, based on interviews with students, faculty, and administrators on 17 campuses. Sidel (Sociology/Hunter, On Her Own, , etc.) begins promisingly, recalling the unspoken political and intellectual conformity of her s college years. However, she loses momentum when she writes, in her somewhat turgid style.

Bias is defined as a systematic error—or deviation from the truth—in results or inferences (Cochrane, ). Apart from the above-mentioned example of endpoint switching (or selective reporting bias), there are many more (Table I).   One book, Adventures and Mysteries at School: Tales Against Prejudice Drawn by Children, describes children from Africa and China who move to Italy and enjoy life with new friends. After 6 weeks of reading and discussing the book, children in Italy were asked how much they would want to engage with immigrant children—for example, by playing.   The lyrics to the Battle Hymn of the Republic were penned by a northern abolitionist, Julia Ward Howe, but its melody traveled back to southern revival meetings 60 years before. “Unconscious bias is not just a ‘trend’ although there is a real danger of it becoming so. It is crucial that we use any understanding of implicit bias, training and measurement of our implicit attitudes as the foundation for further interventions in actively denigrating harmful stereotypes,” Agarwal writes.

Shawn Goldberg / Editor’s note: This is Part 4 of “Battling Bias,” an ongoing series on the role of healthcare executives, administrators, providers and staff in confronting issues of race in their professional lives and their communities. Less than milliseconds, or about one-tenth of a second — that’s how long it takes our brains to categorize people by race. 1.   Prejudice has an ancient history rooted in evolution and human behavior. But recent events have upped the stakes: the war in Syria and outflow of refugees, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, Brexit in the United Kingdom, and the rise of far-right parties in Europe, which many attribute to hostility toward immigrants. If there's one factor that fights prejudice, psychologists. Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.   After discussing definitions of whiteness (a way of thinking, both intentional and unintentional, that privileges the values of white people over those of non-whites) and implicit bias (the unconscious and conscious stereotypes that we ascribe to others), Hathcock broke the near-capacity crowd into small groups to discuss an example of implicit bias and whiteness in Continue reading.