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Unravelling Unconscious Bias
Written by: Pragya Agarwal
Narrated by: Aysha Kala
Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins

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Bloomsbury presents Sway by Pragya Agarwal, read by Aysha Kala.

Included in Stylist Magazine's 'guide to 2020's best non-fiction books'

One of The Bookseller's Editor's Choice picks for April 2020

Have you ever been told to smile more, been teased about your accent or had your name pronounced incorrectly? If so, you’ve probably already faced bias in your everyday life.

We like to believe that we are all fair-minded and egalitarian but we all carry biases that we might not even be aware of. We might believe that we live in a post-racial society, but racial tension and inequality is pernicious and pervasive. We might believe that gender inequality is a thing of the past, but it is still ubiquitous.

Unconscious bias has become a frequently used term in our vocabulary, but there are still so many myths around it. For the first time, behavioural scientist, activist and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal unravels the way our implicit or ‘unintentional’ biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our decision-making, even in life and death situations. She takes a unique inter-disciplinary approach combining case studies, personal experience, interviews and real world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research. She covers a wide range of implicit biases in depth, including age-ism, appearance, accents, sexism and aversive racism. Throughout, Pragya answers questions such as: do our roots for prejudice lie in our evolutionary past? What happens in our brains when our biases are activated? How has bias affected technology? If we don’t know about it, are we really responsible for it?

At a time when partisan political ideologies are taking centre stage, and we struggle to make sense of who we are and who we want to be, it is crucial that we understand why we act the way we do. This audiobook will enable you to reflect and consider the forces that shape us all, opening your eyes to your own biases in a scientific and nonjudgmental way.

©2020 Pragya Agarwal (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the critics say

"An important look at one of the issues facing Western society today. This book exposes the insidiousness of unconscious bias and offers us a way to change the way we think that is practical, useful, readable and essential for the times we are living in. You need to read this book and think about the way you live and how you view others." (Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant, screenwriter and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature)

"If you think you don't need to read this book, you really need to read this book." (Jane Garvey, presenter, BBC Radio 4)

"An exhaustive, brilliantly researched survey of bias and how it seeps so easily into our everyday thoughts and actions. An eye-opening book that I hope will be widely read." (Angela Saini, science journalist and author of Superior and Inferior)

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  • 2020-05-13

We are all biased and have to dig deeper to get better

A wonderful exhaustive book about the research behind unconscious bias. We have so much work ahead of us. Recommended for anyone who es ya to understand implicit bias more. Would have liked more info at the end about tips to deal with the biases.