Diversity in Human Interactions: The Tapestry of America

Hardcover | February 26, 2004

EditorJohn D. Robinson, Larry C. James

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When people who interact do not share the same abilities, orientations, or beliefs, the results are often disastrous, leaving everyone involved feeling misunderstood, underappreciated, and resentful. Why does this happen? How can we find and focus on the strengths in our differences, ratherthan the weaknesses? How can we accept that our differences bring with them different ways of looking at a problem, and that these different ways of looking at things lead to unique, and sometimes conflicting, solutions to problems? In this volume, editors John D. Robinson and Larry C. James have assembled renowned leaders, scholars, and educators in order to show how these differences can facilitate, not hinder, our progress. They provide thought-provoking and insightful essays about how having different physical abilities,sexual orientations, races, and religions affects how people interact. Each chapter is written by a member of a different group and presents real-life stories about interactions within that group. The universality of these stories allows the reader to empathize with diverse points of view,generating material for group discussion and debate. The book's aim is to enrich interactions among different types of people by exploring how our differences can shape our perceptions of events in particular and life in general by focusing on the strengths in our diversity, rather than theconflicts brought about by it.

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When people who interact do not share the same abilities, orientations, or beliefs, the results are often disastrous, leaving everyone involved feeling misunderstood, underappreciated, and resentful. Why does this happen? How can we find and focus on the strengths in our differences, ratherthan the weaknesses? How can we accept that ou...

John D. Robinson is at Howard University Hospital College of Medicine. Larry C. James is at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:February 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsJohn D. Robinson and Larry C. James: Introduction: Weaving the Tapestry1. Beverly Greene: What Difference Does a Difference Make? Societal Privilege, Disadvantage, and Discord in Human Relationships?2. Miguel A. Ybarra: Becoming Americano: Has the Sleeping Giant Awakened?3. A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Jessica Henderson-Daniel, and G. Rita Dudley-Grant: The African Diaspora4. Asuncion Miteria Austria: People of Asian Descent: Beyond Myths and Stereotypes5. Diane J. Willis and Dolores Subia BigFoot: On Native Soil: The Forgotten Race: American Indians6. Cynthia Kanoelani Kenui: Na Kanaka Maoli: The Indigenous People of Hawai'i7. Dawn L. Cannon: A Place for God's Children: On Becoming Biracial in America8. William E. Haley et al.: The Wisdom of Years: Understanding the Journey of Life9. Douglas C. Haldeman and Robin A. Buhrke: Under a Rainbow Flag: The Diversity of Sexual Orientation10. Steven M. Tovian, Bowyer G. Freeman, and Abdul R. Muhammad: One God, One Faith, One Humanity11. Irene W. Leigh and Patrick J. Brice: The Visible and the Invisible12. Samuel M. Turner and Deborah C. Beidel: The Enriching ExperienceIndex

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"Given the richness of the topic, it becomes impossible to include every issue or group in one succinct book. Rather, each chapeter should be thought of as a 'snapshot' of a particular group. Still this insightful group book manages to include much highly useful information, and serves as avaluable aid in better understanding issues of difference. While this book accomplishes its scholarly purpose in describing the many colors of diverse tapestry of America, it was refreshing to find this work accomplished in a colorful manner as well."--APA Division 44 Newsletter, Lisa Orban