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

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


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: 566,233

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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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Author information

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 training on microaggressions, is the most important recent development in studying racism, sexism, and heterosexism. Given the comprehensiveness and importance of Microaggressions in Everyday Life, it is hard to consider any significant weaknesses of this book. We hope that this book will be a good resource for individuals in organizational leadership, coaching, and the mental health field when engaging this discussion." ( Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, October 27, 2010) "In his book, Dr. Sue presents the first ever analysis of the unintended 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 scholarly care, and accessibility for a lay audience a feature that owes much to Sue's own connection to his topic." (Unity First, Fall 2010) "Microaggressions in Everyday Life is robust with science and practice. The writing is engaging and thought provoking. It is a major contribution to the multicultural field and to the larger society. The one feature that I found most helpful about the organization of the book is that each chapter ends with a section titled The Way Forward. Here, Sue provides compelling insights and interventions to help the reader with ideas regarding what can be done about the issues raised in the chapter. The Way Forward sections in Chapter 11 and 12 are replete with specific examples for educators and mental health practitioners. I found these two sections to be especially strong; if educators and practitioners begin implementing these suggestions, we will make significant strides toward shining a light on, giving a voice to, and perhaps ameliorating microaggressions." (PsycCRITIQUES, 22 September 2010) "Derald Wing Sue, an expert on discrimination, enlightens on matters like this, in Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. He is no lightweight. Sue has served on the President's Advisory Board on Race, and was president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. He co-founded the Asian American Psychological Association, and is a former president of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Sue has developed the first categorization of conscious and intentional actions, slurs and racial epithets, even as unintended slights or social cues, when dominant groups attempt to subordinate minority groups, make them uncomfortable, marginalize and inflict a mental, emotional and even physical toll. Sue claims studies indicate racial micro-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 OF MICROAGGRESSIONS. CHAPTER ONE: The Manifestation of Racial, Gender, and Sexual-Orientation Microaggressions. CHAPTER TWO: Taxonomy of Microaggressions. CHAPTER THREE: The Psychological Dilemmas and Dynamics of Microaggressions. SECTION TWO: MICROAGGRESSIVE IMPACT ON TARGETS AND PERPETRATORS. CHAPTER FOUR: The Microaggression Process Model: From Beginning to End. CHAPTER FIVE: Microaggressive Stress: Impact on Physical and Mental Health. CHAPTER SIX: Microaggressive Perpetrators and Oppression: The Nature 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 and Heterosexism. SECTION FOUR: MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, AND MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE. CHAPTER TEN: Microaggressive Impact in the Workplace and Employment. CHAPTER ELEVEN: Microaggressive Impact on Education and Teaching: Facilitating Diffi cult Dialogues on Race in the Classroom. CHAPTER TWELVE: Microaggressive Impact on Mental Health Practice. References. Index.