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Racism in the lives of women : testimony, theory and guides to antiracist practice
Adleman, Jeanne.
Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Press, [1995]

Physical Description:
xxii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Walking on moonsands / Carmen Vázquez -- Salience of loss and marginality : life themes of "immigrant women of color" in Canada / Nayyar S. Javed -- Personal reflections of an Anglo therapist in Indian country / Eidell B. Wasserman -- A bridge over troubled waters : being Eurasian in the U.S. of A. / Christine M. Chao -- Racism in academia : a case study / Patricia Guthrie -- Some painful experiences of a white feminist therapist doing research with women of colour / Nikki Gerrard -- A Japanese American therapist discovers feminist therapy / Judy Y. Kawamoto -- Prison of color / Virginia R. Harris -- Raising white children in a racist society / Jeanne Adleman with contributions from Donald, Martha, and Joan Mahoney, and Judith Mahoney Pasternak -- Born Chinese and a woman in America / Nancy Wang -- Institutional racism in the mental health professions / Beverly Greene -- On knowing you are the unknown : women of color constructing psychology / Oliva M. Espín -- Anti-racism as an ethical norm in feminist therapy practice / Laura S. Brown -- Violence, migration, and compassionate practice : conversations with some Latinas we think we know / Lourdes Argüelles, Anne Rivero -- Double positive : lesbians and race / Dorian Leslie, Lauren Mac Neill -- Sexism, racism, and the analogy problem in feminist thought / Trina Grillo, Stephanie M. Wildman -- Historical and material determinants of psychodynamic development / Gail Pheterson -- Cross-cultural awareness development : an aid to the creation of anti-racist feminist therapy / Carole Pigler Christensen -- Treatment considerations when the therapist is the minority in the patient-therapist dyad / Helen L. Jackson -- Racism and violence against women / Lenore E.A. Walker -- Psychotherapy with Chicanas at midlife : cultural/clinical considerations / Yvette G. Flores-Ortiz -- Karuna counseling : transitions within a collective / Linda F. Weiskoff -- The full-figured black woman : issues of racism and sizeism / Jan Faulkner -- Understanding the training experiences of Asian American women / Donna K. Nagata -- Three perspectives on racism and anti-Semitism in feminist organizations. Overcoming bias through awareness, mutual encouragement, and commitment / Rachel Josefowitz Siegel ; An African American perspective on racism and anti-Semitism within feminist organizations / Beverly Greene ; In the beginning, again / Ellyn Kaschak -- Rethinking the role of guilt and shame in white women's antiracism work / Clare Holzman -- On becoming one's own theorist : a Puerto Rican journey toward antiracist and antisexist family therapy / Gloria M. Enguídanos -- So she may walk in balance : integrating the impact of historical trauma in the treatment of Native American Indian women / Maria Braveheart-Jordan, Lemyra DeBruyn.

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This award-winning book touches the heart through its personal material as it engages the mind with its theoretical and practical approaches to antiracism in professional practice and in daily life. The authors are forthright and deal clearly with complex matters. Their insightful approach to anitracism earned the book the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (1996).

The scope of Racism in the Lives of Women ranges from historic and contemporary life among the first nations on this continent to migrant and immigrant experiences in Canada and the U.S. Many, if not most, subjects are explored from the dual perspective of minority group members and of members of the dominant culture. The result is a spectrum with particular but not exclusive relevance for those who work with women in the area of mental health and for those in other disciplines who seek to enrich their work with psychological insights and understanding.

Both practitioners and advanced students of psychotherapy will find help in these pages for questions concerning racial and cultural differences and how to proceed without making matters worse. It is not merely a quick-fix book but rather a set of thought-provoking essays that can help well-meaning individuals turn good intentions into good behaviors.

Racism in the Lives of Women is important to mental health professionals and the topics covered include: issues of racism arising in teaching, training, and supervision connections between racism and violence against women critical analyses of essentialist theories of psychologies of women white women's efforts to be antiracist difficulty and necessity of maintaining an antiracist perspective in antisexist family therapy biracial and bicultural identity formation developing an antiracist norm as part of feminist ethics

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The 31 contributors to this collection are women who reflect great diversity in terms of ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation, and even size (e.g., one article is titled "The Full-Figure Black Woman: Issues of Racism and Sizeism"). These women also represent a wide variety of professional backgrounds, among them, law, anthropology, social work, and women's studies, but a probable majority engages in one or another of the mental health professions. The articles vary significantly in style, tone, and depth of scholarship, but the collection should be of considerable interest to those concerned with the complex convergence of sexism and racism. The volume is well organized and well edited. Useful index. W. P. Nye Hollins College