Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

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By (author) Derald Wing Sue

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 239mm x 36mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 19 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 047049140X
  • ISBN 13: 9780470491409
  • Illustrations note: , black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 686,478

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Microaggressions in Everyday Life begins by introducing the concept of microaggressions-brief, everyday exchanges involving subtle racism, sexism, and heterosexism-and then presents a taxonomy of microaggressions. Next, manifestations of various microaggressions are examined, in addition to their psychological effects on both the perpetrators and target person. The book closes with a discussion of microaggressions in education, employment, and health care along with suggestions and guidelines for combating microaggressions. Written by bestselling author Derald Wing Sue (author of Counseling the Culturally Diverse, 9780470086322), this first-of-its-kind guide is a must for all mental health professionals, academics, and students.

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Derald Wing Sue, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he also holds a joint appointment with the School of Social Work. Coauthor of the bestselling Counseling the Culturally Diverse, Fifth Edition, he is one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States.

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"Sue's book, and the accompanying research, writing, and trainingon microaggressions, is the most important recent development instudying racism, sexism, and heterosexism. Given thecomprehensiveness and importance of Microaggressions in Everyday Life, it is hard to considerany significant weaknesses of this book. We hope that this bookwill be a good resource for individuals in organizationalleadership, coaching, and the mental health field when engagingthis discussion." ( Journal of Psychological Issues inOrganizational Culture, October 27, 2010) "In his book, Dr. Sue presents the first ever analysis of theunintended slights that take their toll on the people of color,women, gay/lesbian, transgendered and other groups.Microaggressions is wrtten with an unusual combination of scholarlycare, and accessibility for a lay audience a feature that owes muchto Sue's own connection to his topic." (Unity First, Fall2010) "Microaggressions in Everyday Life is robust with scienceand practice. The writing is engaging and thought provoking. It isa major contribution to the multicultural field and to the largersociety. The one feature that I found most helpful about theorganization of the book is that each chapter ends with a sectiontitled The Way Forward. Here, Sue provides compelling insights andinterventions to help the reader with ideas regarding what can bedone about the issues raised in the chapter. The Way Forwardsections in Chapter 11 and 12 are replete with specific examplesfor educators and mental health practitioners. I found these twosections to be especially strong; if educators and practitionersbegin implementing these suggestions, we will make significantstrides toward shining a light on, giving a voice to, and perhapsameliorating microaggressions." (PsycCRITIQUES, 22 September2010) "Derald Wing Sue, an expert on discrimination, enlightens onmatters like this, in Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race,Gender and Sexual Orientation. He is no lightweight. Sue hasserved on the President's Advisory Board on Race, and was presidentof the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic MinorityIssues. He co-founded the Asian American Psychological Association,and is a former president of the Society of Counseling Psychologyof the American Psychological Association. Sue has developed thefirst categorization of conscious and intentional actions, slursand racial epithets, even as unintended slights or social cues,when dominant groups attempt to subordinate minority groups, makethem uncomfortable, marginalize and inflict a mental, emotional andeven physical toll. Sue claims studies indicate racialmicro-aggressions have a devastating impact." (Ponte Al Dia,March 9, 2010)

Table of contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. About the Author. SECTION ONE: PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIFESTATION AND DYNAMICS OFMICROAGGRESSIONS. CHAPTER ONE: The Manifestation of Racial, Gender, andSexual-Orientation Microaggressions. CHAPTER TWO: Taxonomy of Microaggressions. CHAPTER THREE: The Psychological Dilemmas and Dynamics ofMicroaggressions. SECTION TWO: MICROAGGRESSIVE IMPACT ON TARGETS ANDPERPETRATORS. CHAPTER FOUR: The Microaggression Process Model: From Beginningto End. CHAPTER FIVE: Microaggressive Stress: Impact on Physical andMental Health. CHAPTER SIX: Microaggressive Perpetrators and Oppression: TheNature of the Beast. SECTION THREE: GROUP-SPECIFIC MICROAGGRESSIONS: RACE, GENDER,AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION. CHAPTER SEVEN: Racial/Ethnic Microaggressions and Racism. CHAPTER EIGHT: Gender Microaggressions and Sexism. CHAPTER NINE: Sexual-Orientation Microaggressions andHeterosexism. SECTION FOUR: MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, ANDMENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE. CHAPTER TEN: Microaggressive Impact in the Workplace andEmployment. CHAPTER ELEVEN: Microaggressive Impact on Education andTeaching: Facilitating Diffi cult Dialogues on Race in theClassroom. CHAPTER TWELVE: Microaggressive Impact on Mental HealthPractice. References. Index.