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Whistling Vivaldi

How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

Claude M. Steele


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The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

Praise For Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

Conveys an understanding of why race remains such a powerful factor even in a society where racial discrimination is seen as abhorrent.
— Adam Serwer - American Prospect

Startles, beguiles, and challenges as it exposes the myriad ways that threats to our identities exert a powerful stranglehold on our individual and collective psyche.
— Lani Guinier, Harvard University

An intellectual odyssey of the first order—a true tour de force.
— William G. Bowen, former president of Princeton University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393339727, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2011

About the Author

Claude Steele is the provost of Columbia University. He is the author of numerous published articles and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.