Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
"In a very constructive way, Dr. Sue provides time-tested psychological suggestions to make our society free of microaggressions. It is a brilliant resource and ideal teaching tool for all those who wish to alter the forces that promote pain for people."
—Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPPPresident, American Psychological Association
"Microaggressions in Everyday Life offers an insightful, scholarly, and thought-provoking analysis of the existence of subtle, often unintentional biases, and their profound impact on members of traditionally disadvantaged groups. The concept of microaggressions is one of the most important developments in the study of intergroup relations over the past decade, and this volume is the definitive source on the topic."
—John F. Dovidio, PhD Professor of Psychology, Yale University
"Derald Wing Sue has written a must-read book for anyone who deals with diversity at any level. Microaggressions in Everyday Life will bring great rewards in understanding and awareness along with practical guides to put them to good use."
—James M. Jones, PhD Professor of Psychology and Director of Black American Studies, University of Delaware
"This is a major contribution to the multicultural discourse and to understanding the myriad ways that discrimination can be represented and its insidious effects. Accessible and well documented, it is a pleasure to read."
—Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Professor of Psychology, St. John's University
A transformative look at covert bias, prejudice, and discrimination with hopeful solutions for their eventual dissolution
Written by bestselling author Derald Wing Sue, Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation is a first-of-its-kind guide on the subject of microaggressions. This book insightfully looks at the various kinds of microaggressions and their psychological effects on both perpetrators and their targets. Thought provoking and timely, Dr. Sue suggests realistic and optimistic guidance for combating—and ending—microaggressions in our society.
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.
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)Winner of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Book Prize 2010 from UnityFirst.com
"In Microaggressions and Everyday Life, Dr. Sue masterfully pulls all of his life and work experiences together to frame a new theory and vision for the study of racism, sexism, and homophobia. What Dr. Sue has created will ignite research in the field of racism and multiple oppressions that will ultimately lead to marked change in the way we all deal with and respect one another. This book is that good. It will change the way you think, it will move you to act and not just witness and observe, and it will even influence how you feel toward, communicate with, and care for your own loved ones, students, and clients."
—From the Foreword by Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D., Professor, Fordham University
"This is a groundbreaking contribution and contains invaluable and powerful insights. In a very constructive way, Dr. Sue provides time-tested psychological suggestions to make our society free of microaggressions. It is a brilliant resource and ideal teaching tool for all those who wish to alter the forces that promote pain for people."
—Melba J T Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP, President, American Psychological Association
"Microaggressions in Everyday Life offers an insightful, scholarly, and thought-provoking analysis of the existence of subtle, often unintentional biases, and their profound impact on members of traditionally disadvantaged groups. The material is solidly grounded in theory, but the implications for psychological practice and everyday life are vivid. The concept of microaggressions is one of the most important developments in the study of intergroup relations over the past decade, and this volume is the definitive source on the topic."
—John F. Dovidio, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Yale University
"Derald Wing Sue has written a must-read book for anyone who deals with diversity at any level. It is truly rare to find a book so scholarly, lucid and practical about the subtle ways in which good intentions are eroded by innocence and ignorance. Microaggressions in Everyday Life will bring great rewards in understanding and awareness along with practical guides to put them to good use."
—James M. Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of Black American Studies University of Delaware
"This is a major contribution to the multicultural discourse and to understanding the myriad ways that discrimination can be represented and its insidious effects. Accessible and well documented, it is a pleasure to read and makes a welcome addition to those readings considered essential to culturally competent practice."
—Beverly Greene, Ph.D., ABPP, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Professor of Psychology St. John's University Jamaica, New York
Modern forms of racism, sexism and heterosexism have become more disguised and covert rather than overtly expressed in the form of hatred and bigotry. Research indicates these old-fashioned forms of bias have not decreased, but instead have become more ambiguous and less obvious, making them more difficult to identify and acknowledge. These “microaggressions” are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership, such as race, gender, culture, religion, and sexual orientation. Written by best-selling author and multicultural expert Derald Wing Sue, MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation (John Wiley & Sons; March 29, 2010; $45.00) not only illustrates the impact that microaggressions have on both victims and perpetrators, but also points the way to first address, and then eradicate, microaggressions on the individual, group, and community level.
While hate crimes and harassment continue to be committed by overt racists, sexists, and homophobes, the message of MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE is that the greatest harm to persons of color, women and LGBTs does not come from these conscious perpetrators. Instead, it’s from well-intentioned people, who are strongly motivated by egalitarian values, believe in their own morality, and experience themselves as fair-minded and decent people who would never consciously discriminate, which pose the biggest threat.
The book begins by introducing the concept of microaggressions and then presents a taxonomy of microaggressions. Next, the book looks at the psychological effect of microaggressions on both the perpetrator and target person. The manifestations of racial, gender, and sexual orientation microaggressions are explored along with their impact.
Because no one is immune from inheriting the biases of the society, all citizens are exposed to a social conditioning process that imbues within them prejudices, stereotypes and beliefs that lie outside their level of awareness. On a conscious level they may endorse egalitarian values, but on an unconscious level, they harbor anti-minority feelings. MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE describes the manifestation, psychological dynamics, detrimental impact of racial, gender and sexual orientation microaggressions.
MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE closes with a discussion of microaggressions in education, employment, and health care settings along with suggestions and guidelines for combating microaggressions. Each chapter concludes with a section called "The Way Forward" that contains guidelines, strategies, and interventions that can be taken to make society free of microaggressions.
This book is essential for mental health professionals working in psychology, counseling, social work, and health care. Additionally students of multicultural psychology, multicultural counseling, or taking courses in social work and human services will find this book groundbreaking in their studies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, New York, and he also holds a joint appointment with the Columbia University School of Social Work. He is the coauthor of Counseling the Culturally Diverse, now in its fifth edition and is one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States.
MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication date: March 29, 2010
$45.00; Hardcover; 352 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-49140-9
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