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Understanding Diversity: An Introduction, 3rd edition

Fred L. Pincus and Bryan R. Ellis
Understanding Diversity: An Introduction, 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-953-4
ISBN: 978-1-955055-10-9
2021/247 pages/LC: 2021015776
Praise for the previous editions:

"This clear, concise book will provide students, scholars, and practitioners with a solid grounding in the complexity of diversity issues in our contemporary world." —Mark Christian, Miami University

"A great teaching resource.... Tackles with conceptually rigorous and empirically grounded arguments all of the common questions, misconceptions, and challenges that students typically bring to the classroom." —Eileen O'Brien, University of Richmond

"Accessible and thorough. Recommended as a textbook, or to anyone wanting a simple and clear introduction to the topic." —Patricia Markley, Multicultural Review


What is diversity? How does prejudice show itself? What are the societal consequences of discrimination? Has anything changed over the past 50 years? These are just some of the questions addressed in Understanding Diversity, an introduction to the issues and controversies surrounding concepts of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated, as well as expanded to include a chapter on immigration, discussion of the varied impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a section on gender diversity. The student-friendly structure of the book, however, remains unchanged. Accessible and practical, yet theoretically rich, Understanding Diversity is the perfect companion to the diversity anthology of your choice.  


Fred L. Pincus is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Bryan R. Ellis is senior lecturer in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University.


  • What Is Diversity?
  • The Language of Diversity.
  • Class: The 1 Percent vs. the 99 Percent.
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Discrimination.
  • Immigration: Borders and Bridges.
  • Men and Women: Why Feminism Still Matters.
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.
  • Disability: How Society Handicaps People.
  • Striving for Change: Activism and Social Movements.