Subverting the Power of Prejudice: Resources for Individual and Social Change, By Sandra L. Barnes

Subverting the Power of Prejudice

Resources for Individual and Social Change

by Sandra L. Barnes

Subverting the Power of Prejudice
  • Length: 214 pages
  • Published: March 21, 2006
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 3339
  • ISBN: 9780830833399

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Prejudice. It's a serious problem whether you're on the giving or receiving end, no matter what kind it is--race, gender, age, status, wealth, looks or ability. It's serious not only because of the damage it does to all parties, but because we block what God wants to give us and what we need--his power and peace.

Sandra L. Barnes helps us sort out why prejudice is unfair, what feeds our prejudices, how to overcome prejudice and how to avoid being victimized by discrimination. She brings together both theological insight and sociological research to help us recognize and disarm our prejudices and to bring healing to our broken personal and societal relationships.

"Prejudice continues to exist and flourish in our society and world. It fosters guilt among some groups and shame among others. Dr. Sandra Barnes helps the Christian community see the problem as well as move toward transformation."

Stephen C. Rasor, Professor of the Sociology of Religion, Interdenominational Theological Center

"Barnes has made accessible to nonacademics important, well-researched insights surrounding the prevalence of prejudice in our society. This clear and readable book will help Christians to think more wholistically about how to deal with individual and societal prejudice."

Dr. George Yancey, associate professor of sociology, University of North Texas, author of Beyond Racial Gridlock

"Dr. Sandra L. Barnes effectively translates the insights of sociology into the language of theology in order to set us free from prejudice. This book reaches the hearts of Christian believers in the pew and in the classroom by speaking words of God's peace both to those sincerely struggling to overcome attitudes of prejudice and those painfully demeaned by ugly bigotry. True reconciliation becomes possible as we subvert the power of prejudice in the lives of individuals and in the climate of society."

Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University

"Dr. Barnes has demonstrated in this book that the bridge between prejudice and peace is the power of Christ."

Dr. David A. Anderson, Founder and Senior Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, President of BridgeLeader Network, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host

"Sandra Barnes's work is fully intelligent and fully Christian, and her insights are both smart and wise. This holistic book is an essential read for Christians committed to understanding prejudice and making change."

Jenell Williams Paris, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota


Introduction: Preparing for Battle
1. Awakenings and Beginnings
2. We Are All God's Creation
3. Some Reasons Prejudices Exist
4. An Effective Mentor
5. Who Is Affected by Prejudice?
6. Confronting Prejudices
7. Making a Change
Conclusion: From Prejudice to Power and Peace
Appendix A: Some Christians Speak About Prejudices: A Survey
Appendix B: How to Organize a Reconciliation Support Group
Appendix C: Suggesting Reading and Films for Adults
Appendix D: Suggested Reading and Films for Children
Glossary of Primary Terms


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Sandra L. Barnes

Sandra L. Barnes (PhD, Georgia State University) is professor of human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University. She has also taught at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Purdue University in Indiana, and at Georgia State and DeKalb Technical Institute, both in Georgia. Additionally, she has worked at General Electric Capitol Corporation and at Acxicom. Her scholarly work has been published in The Journal of African American Studies, Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Social Problems, Sociological Spectrum, Journal of the Interdenominational Theology Center, Journal of Black Studies, Sociological Focus, Journal of Children and Poverty, and Race, Ethnicity and Education. She is the author of The Cost of Being Poor (SUNY Press, 2005).