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Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide

Larry Feldman and Sandy Feldman

Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. This book provides an extensive review of research on methods for reducing stereotypes and prejudice and describes multiple initiatives designed to reduce the negative effects of racial separation by bringing together children, teens, and adults from different racial groups to share a variety of positive experiences.

The concepts in Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide are presented in clear, jargon-free language. Each concept comes alive with detailed examples from a variety of successful programs. Combining specific principles with poignant illustrations, this book will appeal to a wide variety of readers: educators, parents, students, clergy, youth leaders, community organizers, business leaders, and anyone who feels drawn to the goal of "making things better." This book is an excellent text for courses on diversity, race relations, social psychology, sociology, education, parenting, and community development.

Preface – Acknowledgments – Why Is Diversity Important? – Two Diversity Programs for Children, Teens, and Families – Bridge Building Activities for Children, Teens, and Families – Intergroup Contact Conditions in Youth, Family, and School Initiatives – Bridge Building Activities for College Students – Two Diversity Programs for Adults – Bridge Building Activities for Adults – Intergroup Contact Conditions in College Student and Adult Initiatives – What Gets in the Way? – Guidelines for Moving Forward – Index.