The 10 Lenses: Your Guide to Living & Working in a Multicultural World

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Capital Books, 2001 - 247 pages
The 2000 US Census figures and studies around the globe show that we live in an increasingly multicultural world. In this ground-breaking new book, acclaimed diversity expert Mark Williams offers ten "eye-opening" lenses to help you, your organization, and everyone in it, understand how cultural diversity affects the way we live and work. There's the Assimilationist who believes that everyone should act like a true blue American, and the Culturalcentrist who believes that a person's race or ethnicity is central to their personal and public identity; the Meritrocratist who is sure that if you have the abilities and work hard enough you can make your dreams come true regardless of race or culture, and the Victim/Caregiver who believes that because of bias they will never succeed. Learn more about these lenses, as well as six other lenses that Mark Williams has developed to respond to cultural diversity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Are Lenses?
4
How Do We Develop our Individual Lenses?
8
How to Use this Book
10
Assimilationist
13
Colorblind
15
Culturalcentrist
17
Elitist
19
Meritocratist
102
Multiculturalist
116
Seclusionist
130
Transcendent
142
VictimCaretaker
156
The Eleventh Lens
172
Tools and Concepts Overview
188
Cultural Fit and Career Advancement
189

Integrationist
21
Meritocratist
23
Multiculturalist
25
Seclusionist
27
Transcendent
29
VictimCaretaker
31
Assimilationist
34
Colorblind
48
Cultural centrist
61
Elitist
75
Integrationist
88
Using the Ls to Improve Communication
195
Looking through the Lenses at Human Resources Management Systems
206
Checklists for the Lenses
219
About The Diversity Channel
227
Afterword
228
Appendix
233
Bibliography
236
About the Author
241
Index
242
How to Take the Lenses Survey
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