Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Paperback)

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Whistling Vivaldi is a very compelling book about the extensive impact that stereotypes have on our life. Even if you don't believe in a stereotype and everyone around you doesn't believe in it, you can still be detrimentally impacted by them going so far as to change your education and career path. Throughout the book, Steele provides countless examples and other research that has been done. I really enjoyed this book and it gave a really unique and a not typically thought of idea about stereotypes.

— Kayla R., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member


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.

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.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393339727
ISBN-10: 0393339726
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 4th, 2011
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Issues of Our Time