This essential and timely text looks at the ways in which various identities are socially constructed by students, exploring and comparing multiple dimensions of diverse identities, and the various ways students try to fit in when faced with prejudice and discrimination.
Based on more than 20 years of data collected from Multiple Identities Questionnaires, plus Self-Identity papers in the author’s Diverse Identities course, this book gives voice to the diverse and intersectional identities experienced by students at a formative time in their lives. Analyzing data from more than three thousand college students, the book gives a uniquely comprehensive overview of identity formation, stigma, prejudice, and discrimination, which are part of conflict around the world. Author Charles T. Hill asks to what extent the students have experienced prejudice or discrimination regarding each of their identities, their own prejudice and discrimination toward others of each identity, and the importance of each type of identity for their self-concept. Split into three sections: the first part of the book gives an overview of terminologies and theoretical concepts, the second part explores the multiple dimensions of each identity using data from the MIQ interspersed with quotes from Self-Identity papers, and the third part compares and combines the different types of identities. Introduced with a foreword by Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies James M. Jones, the book opens a space to help students and others explore their identities, realize that they are not alone in their struggles with prejudice, and accept themselves with pride in their identities.
Featuring highlighted key concepts and self-reflection sections, as well as further reading, measures, and statistical results, this book is essential not only for undergraduate and graduate students in social psychology, health psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, and social work, but also for therapists, parents, teachers and practitioners running Diversity Training Programs for non-students.
Table of Contents
PART I - OVERVIEWS Introduction: Why was this book written? 1. How Is Prejudice Related to Other Concepts? 2. How are Identities Developed and Changed? 3. How do Identities Intersect to Impact Well-Being? 4. How were Voices of Diversity Studied? PART II -TYPES OF IDENTITIES 5. Racial-ethnic identities 6. Social class identities 7. Immigrant generation and language identities 8. Religious identities 9. Gender identities 10. Sexual identities 11. Family and dating identities 12. Age identities 13. School and athletic identities 14. Disability Identities 15. Body image identities 16. Geographic and place identities 17. Political Identities 18. Bullies and victims PART III – COMPARING IDENTITIES 19. Importance of identities 20. Comparing prejudices 21. Models of prejudice and well-being 22. Changes over the years Epilogue: Implications
Charles T. Hill is Professor of Psychology at Whittier College, California, where he won the Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award. He has a PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Psychological Association, and the American Sociological Association.
"Professor Hill’s book, with its careful, thorough, and sensitive exploration of the causes and consequences of diverse identities, offers a wealth of insight, inspiration and understanding that will benefit students, teachers and anyone who wishes to "know thyself" better."
from the Foreword by James M. Jones, Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and the Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at the University of Delaware.