A Timely and Important Book

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 405–407. Reviews the book, Towards the Elimination of Racism edited by Phyllis A. Katz (1976). This book is timely because it brings to the forefront a continuing problem in our culture–Black-White relations. The volume is divided into four major parts: introduction, theories of prejudice acquisition and reduction, reeview of research: attitude and behavior change; and change in the real world. The volume has a clear action focus that permeates each chapter. This focus on action is compatible with the present status of blackwhite relations in our culture. The chapter focuses largely on the antiblack attitudes of white Americans. This is a timely and important book. It is well written and data based. Unlike many books on its topic, data are used to recommend action or change. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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