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Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them

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What if our interactions with those different from us are strongly influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves? Deep Diversity explores this question and argues that “us vs. them” is an unfortunate but normal part of the human experience due to reasons of both nature and nurture.

To really work through issues of racial difference
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Between the Lines(CA)
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Nicolas Lontel
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je crois que c'est un excellent, voir un des meilleurs livres sur comment faire face à ses propres préjugés ou à la discrimination qu'on peut reproduire. Il ne s'agit pas, pour le livre, de dire qu'il y a des méchants racistes et des gentils anti-racistes, ni de nier qu'il y a des groupes dominants et du racisme institutionnel, mais de parler de l'effet de l'éducation, des effets des médias sur notre perception du monde et comment réussir à épousseter nos préjugés qui se sont ancrés au fur et à ...more
Marc Xuereb
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this book more because I took a two-day workshop with a facilitator from the author's diversity training organization this summer. I'm not sure I would have willed myself to get through a book like this otherwise, but I had such an emotional, engaging experience learning and talking about the concepts described in this book in the workshop that I wanted to read the book to deepen my experience.
Deep Diversity (the book and workshop) introduced new concepts to me. Like the aut
Lukáš Zorád
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book to read, full of relevant research wisely linked to very poverful personal stories and realisations of the author through his 20 years of work in the field. Abosultely worth anyone´s time.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've worked on, researched, and evaluated equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in the environmental field for a long time. This book pulls some of the most relevant research, and examples, into one, concise document. If you are already an expert, you won't find much new here - but it is a good opportunity to revisit information and ideas, and reflect on them, in a new way. If you are new to the field, this is an excellent introduction to many of the most important findings and case studies.
Janet Fraser
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone, and I mean everyone, who wants to live a life of peace, full of rewarding and healthy relationships with everyone they meet, needs to read this book. The author makes a convincing case for searching our own attitudes and assumptions for ways we allow systemic biases to disadvantage ourselves and others. He provides specific exercises and action each of us can take to overcome our negative bias and teach ourselves to welcome the differences in others as enriching to ourselves and our co ...more
Thor Grant
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off this book has never been more relevant than today and I doubt it’s general lessons will age poorly in the coming years.

With any social discussion framework a great way to judge its efficacy is how it’s foundational lessons connect to your own journey. I found many of Shakil’s initial personal formulations on handing an understanding of racism to eerily match my own which really helped to cement some of the later more complex structures of thinking and processing in the book.

He does a
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book is tidily arranged into 30-40pp chapters for each major topic. After emotions, bias, and tribes, we get two chapters for power (separating external then internal factors) followed by a concluding chapter.

I like the blend of academic and practical. In addition to terminology being explained (and geographic synonyms provided, elevator and lift being an example not from the book), direct do-it-yourself styled questions are posed for the reader to ponder. My favourite--for being most memorable-
Beth P
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I often feel that others involved in social justice/diversity are light years ahead of me so I appreciated having a book that could help me to start where I am and focus what I have the most capacity to change - myself. I also appreciated having some very tangible tasks to follow to continue to grow. I also find these conversations scary, but I realize that being fearful or defensive is making it "all about me" which is the thing that keeps bias in place, so I hopefully I can be a better listene ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's not the best writing style you'll read this year. But the points made, structure and stories presented are profound. What you can learn from this book goes beyond learning to be an open minded human being even though just accomplishing that would be more than enough for your whole year.
Read this, or listen to it; the author does a good job narrating.
Joshua Gentzler
Dec 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not good. Had to read for school
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Text bookish. Interesting topic. Could this be taught in schools?
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great for the deeply Canadian perspective.
Angela Russell
Good book on understanding the basics of implicit bias as it relates to race.
Is this really what it's going to take? Better get started....
Dwayne A Milley
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome insights and learning

I met Shakil, the author, a couple years ago. I’ve been intending to read this book since then, and even attended the book launch and got signed copy. It’s taken me his long to get to it.

Shakil's writing is personal, insightful, informative, academic, researched, and practical. This book is worth the time to read it. I highlighted something on every other page, easily, and will go back to the information again. He writes about diversity, but the learning is applicab
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Enslaved Africans, some have reported, reached the shores of what is now the United States to be greeted by welcome signs. White settlers were not consumed by hatred towards them -- they were too preoccupied by the urgent need for labour. It was that need which fuelled the slave trade.

Slavery ended, ultimately, because the enslaved "poisoned slaveholders, destroyed crops, 'accidentally' burned down buildings, and ran away in such la
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