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Ethnic Studies Coterie — Are We Born Racist?: About the Book

About the Coterie

In March of 2016, Ethnic Studies hosted the Are We Born Racist? book coterie. 



Are We Born Racist?

Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
edited by Jason Marsh, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Jeremy Adam Smith
2010; Boston: Beacon Press; ISBN: 9780807011577 0807011576

The most revealing and important treatment of human prejudice to appear in years."—Claude M. Steele, author of Whistling Vivaldi  

From UC-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, a powerful tour of what science reveals about the roots of prejudice and how we can overcome it.

Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice? In these pages, leading scientists, psychologists, educators, activists, and many others offer answers, drawing from new scientific discoveries that shed light on why and how our brains form prejudices, how racism hurts our health, steps we can take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society might actually look like.

Bringing a diverse range of disciplines into conversation for the first time, Are We Born Racist? offers a straightforward overview of the new science of prejudice, and showcases the abundant practical, research-based steps that can be taken in all areas of our lives to overcome prejudice. (from the Publisher)