Banaji & Greenwald (2013) - Blind Spot

Banaji, M.R. & Greenwald, A.G. (2013). Blindspot:  Hidden biases of good people.  New York:  Delacorte Press.

Written by the creators of the Implicit Association Test, this book provides an easy-to-read summary of the science of implicit bias and the steps people can take to better align their behavior with their good intentions.

Available at Musselman library

Brown (2017) Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence

Brown, C. S. (2017).  Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence.  New York, NY:  Taylor and Francis.

(From a review): “This book is a much needed and exemplary resource for individuals interested in youth and discrimination. Written in a clear, accessible manner by a leading researcher of children’s experiences with and views of discrimination, the coverage is unique in its scope. Brown provides a comprehensive review of what is known in the field of psychology about the antecedents and consequences of youth’s perceptions of discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, immigrant status, sexual minority status, and other social categories.” – Rebecca Bigler, The University of Texas at Austin

Eberhardt (2019) Biased

Eberhardt, J.L. (2019).  Biased:  Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do.  New York:  Viking.

 Dr. Eberhardt, a social psychologist, gives a good summary of how implicit biases play out in various areas of life and work. In particular, she writes about her professional experience working with police departments to educate about biases. 

Available at Musselman library

Gould (1996) The Mismeasure of Man

Gould, S. J. (1996).  The Mismeasure of Man (Revised and Expanded).  New York, NY:  Norton.

“We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.”
― Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen J. Gould’s classic remains relevant today for its historical critique of the study of racial differences in intelligence, and his dismantling of the concept of biological determinism – the idea that “the social and economic differences between human groups—primarily races, classes, and sexes—arise from inherited, inborn distinctions and that society, in this sense, is an accurate reflection of biology” (Gould, 1996 p.52)

Available at Musselman Library

Guthrie (1998) Even the Rat was White

Guthrie, R.V. (1998)  Even the rat was white:  A historical view of psychology.  Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Originally published in 1976, Guthrie’s classic book begins by reviewing the pseudoscientific approaches to studying racial differences that were used to justify and sustain white supremacist beliefs in the 19th century, along with early psychology’s ethical failings in the study of racial difference.  In the second half of the book, Guthrie describes the struggles and historical contributions of the first Black American psychologists such as Francis Sumner, Kenneth Clark, and Inez Prosser.   

Available at Musselman library

Tatum (2019).  Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together...

Tatum, B. D. (2019). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race. Basic Books.

This is the revised edition of the 1997 first printing. Tatum is a clinical psychologist and a former president of Spelman College. This is a great resource, in particular about how racial/ethnic identity develops from early childhood.

Available at Musselman Library