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The Things They Say behind Your Back: Stereotypes and the Myths Behind Them (Paperback)
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The Things They Say behind Your Back: Stereotypes and the Myths Behind Them (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/01/1983
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In this groundbreaking book in the dim world of opinion formation Helm-reich opens a closet bursting with skeletons and explores the myths and his-torical roots of stereotypes pertaining to several ethnic groups: Are Jews re-ally smarter? What about rhythmical Blacks, hard-drinking Irishmen, dumb Poles, emotional Hispanics, and all those cold, artificial WASPs sipping in-evitable dry martinis? He discusses which stereotypes are false, which are true, how they originated, and why some of the most libeled groups pro-mote warped perceptions about themselves.Helmreich has examined over four hundred scientific studies and com-bines hard facts with humor, anecdotes, and common sense in his courage-ous attempt to understand and explain stereotypes. He contends that we should discuss this topic openly and recognize the tendencies and traits, negative and positive,-that are rooted in a group's history and culture rather than pretend that there are no differences among the members of multiracial America.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9780878559534
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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"[Helmreich] handles the subject with delicacy and finesse.... The result is enlightening, provocative, but sensitive as well. Helmreich has cast his net widely, drawn on vast amounts of literature, and condensed his findings into a readable format spiced with anecdotes, jokes, and other lively mate-rials. This should be a popular book."

--Library Journal

"A dazzling treasure trove of bigotry, prejudice, stereotypes, and half-truths. With it, Professor Helmreich refuses to recoil in horror from stereo-types but rather makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of them by pinning down the component of truth that might be found lurking behind prejudice. It is a brave and sensitive book."

--Andrew M. Greeley


"[Helmreich] handles the subject with delicacy and finesse.... The result is enlightening, provocative, but sensitive as well. Helmreich has cast his net widely, drawn on vast amounts of literature, and condensed his findings into a readable format spiced with anecdotes, jokes, and other lively mate-rials. This should be a popular book."

--Library Journal

"A dazzling treasure trove of bigotry, prejudice, stereotypes, and half-truths. With it, Professor Helmreich refuses to recoil in horror from stereo-types but rather makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of them by pinning down the component of truth that might be found lurking behind prejudice. It is a brave and sensitive book."

--Andrew M. Greeley


"[Helmreich] handles the subject with delicacy and finesse.... The result is enlightening, provocative, but sensitive as well. Helmreich has cast his net widely, drawn on vast amounts of literature, and condensed his findings into a readable format spiced with anecdotes, jokes, and other lively mate-rials. This should be a popular book."

--Library Journal

"A dazzling treasure trove of bigotry, prejudice, stereotypes, and half-truths. With it, Professor Helmreich refuses to recoil in horror from stereo-types but rather makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of them by pinning down the component of truth that might be found lurking behind prejudice. It is a brave and sensitive book."

--Andrew M. Greeley


-[Helmreich] handles the subject with delicacy and finesse.... The result is enlightening, provocative, but sensitive as well. Helmreich has cast his net widely, drawn on vast amounts of literature, and condensed his findings into a readable format spiced with anecdotes, jokes, and other lively mate-rials. This should be a popular book.-

--Library Journal

-A dazzling treasure trove of bigotry, prejudice, stereotypes, and half-truths. With it, Professor Helmreich refuses to recoil in horror from stereo-types but rather makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of them by pinning down the component of truth that might be found lurking behind prejudice. It is a brave and sensitive book.-

--Andrew M. Greeley

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