Biased Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Biased Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See Think and Do
  • Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • 04 July 2014
  • 9781785151484

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Biased Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See Think and DoOne of the best books about implicit bias I've ever read It's both personal and data based warm and inviting where it needs to be and cold and honest in other parts I would recommend this to any organization or person or group who wants to understand how bias works and how it's ok it's not your fault ‘Jennifer Eberhardt gives us the opportunity to talk about race in new ways ultimately transforming our thinking about ourselves and the world we want to create’ Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow Amazing book The writing was clear and easy to follow I usually stay away from non fiction for a variety of reasons but this one is definitely worth your time Although it's very specific towards law enforcement it was an eye opener to me As most people I have always declared I have no prejudice This book allowed me to see there are many layers of biases we all have buried in our unconscious And rather than focus on the guilt of that this story focuses on how to become aware With that knowledge we can move forward and make better decisions in all situations Thanks so much to the publishers for my free copy of this book and to Goodreads for facilitating the giveaway Solid read if repetitive at times I read it all in one sitting It was a local book club selection and we had a lively discussion goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog Some nonfiction presents new Ideas and some nonfiction is well written and this book has both traits Eberhardt whose work I was unaware until I heard her interviewed on a youtube channel is a cognitive scientist whose research area is implicit biases that we carry with us I had heard of other studies of implicit bias but Eberhardt's gift is taking this factoid that many stored away in our science trivia collection and shows its salience in reality and why it is much than a factoid but a lense to look at everything in our society from police profiling and arrests to education to workplace matters So many vital areas where pretending we are colorblind makes the problems worse She uses down to earth and charged examples to get her point across that our implicit biases matter and even with good intentions our unconscious biases are a source of much harm and draws the direct lines from the studies to real world incidents to illustrate her points Even if you keep up on brain science stories and have heard of implicit bias you still need to look at this book Context matters I have to say that I see where the writer is goingcoming from here and I agree The idea here is that we have certain societal Biases that we carry with us and are generally unaware of I agree this is true However the writer I believe needs to stop and possibly and I know I may annoy some with what I say here as I was saying possibly needs to become aware of her own innate biasesJust a thought consider as you read the book This is the kind of informative nonfiction that I like to see clearly written incorporating broad statistics and study findings with concrete examples correlating arguments to current or historical events and the author's use of personal anecdotes or stories told to her to make the content of her work really connect on a personal level This is a really well executed book on implicit bias that threads the needle between acknowledging that implicit bias is something that we all inherit are therefore not personally to blame for the problem's origin while still pushing individuals to do their part to change themselves the world around them A few of the stories really stuck with me particularly the arc of her own son's understanding of his own perceptions of black men how he is increasingly at the receiving end of those perceptions from others as a young black man Would definitely recommend I could see this working well for a book club type environment I've recently read several books on this important topic and this is the best one so far The author tells personal anecdotes but they are pertinent to the points she is trying to illustrate from the objective research When she describes her experience working with groups like police forces she has believable tales of success She does a good job covering many issues without getting bogged down The ending was disappointing however; I had hoped for evidence on what works to combat prejudices but instead she explains that no one knows because it's not in any one's financial interest to figure out that what they do doesn't work Since she is an academician who does this sort of work it seems to me she could at least evaluate the impact of her own efforts somehow It is alarming how much of our biases are subconsciously ingrained in us not only from birth but from our culture as well While not exactly groundbreaking this book has a lot of heart and helps lay out the facts and statisticsI hope by becoming aware of ingrained biases we all can push to resist structural bias as the norm Kudos to J Eberhardt This is a book everyone should read It makes sense hits you in your tender places and yet isn't about guilting a person into change Rather she does a deft and able job of showing you where it comes from which isn't the focus so a reader doesn't spend a bunch of time feeling defensive and how to see the biases how to recognize them From there she shows chapter by chapter how persons with particular prejudices are led to particular choice making processes which in time become habit and a way of life Untangling these or not is a choice too and one that is not just a one time event but is a life long process She does an even and fair handed consideration of the major POVs I especially appreciated her academic and professional background on this topic and that the information she provides is further firmed up by her day to day work There's a passion for the work and real life experiences she brings to it that are compellingAgain I say Everyone should read this book

About the Author: Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Dr Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named one of Foreign Policy‘s 100 Leading Global Thinkers She is co founder and co director of SPAR Social Psychological Answers to Real World uestions a Stanford Center