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Environmental stress and African Americans : the other side of the moon /
Grace Carroll ; foreword by Chester M. Pierce ; afterword by Walter Allen.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
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xiii, 143 p. : ill.
ISBN
0275959295 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
isbn
0275959295 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
1787301
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Grace Carroll is Academic Coordinator for African American Student Development, University of California, Berkeley
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1998-07:
Carroll (Univ. of California, Berkeley) has combined poetry, autobiographical material, focus group discussions, and empirical data in a most provocative and engaging treatment of the contemporary African American experience. Terming the constant barrage of micro-aggressions endured by blacks in a nation where race matters in ways large and small "Mundane Extreme Environmental Stress," she explores its manifestations and evaluates a host of coping mechanisms. Drawing on the experiences of single fathers, professional women, young mothers, and also on the flawed and partial literature on the subject, she seeks to explain how African Americans negotiate their day-to-day existence in a culture where they are defined as a problem. Typical response modes include denial, transference, internalization, withdrawal, projection, overachievement, suppression, self-devaluation, becoming antiwhite and/or problack, identification with the oppressor, anger, and hopelessness. However, the more successful subjects of her research, those with high job satisfaction and strong families, relied on such strategies as faith, reassurance, reflection, exercise, and friendship. Tables. All levels. L. M. C. Abbott; formerly, California School of Professional Psychology
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'œCarroll has combined poetry, autobiographical material, focus group discussions, and empirical data in a most provocative and engaging treatment of the contemporary African American experience.'' Choice
"Carroll has combined poetry, autobiographical material, focus group discussions, and empirical data in a most provocative and engaging treatment of the contemporary African American experience."- Choice
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Summaries
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Carroll contends that race is brought to the consciousness of African Americans every day through interaction with employers, service providers, landlords, the police, and the media, and examines the stress experienced by blacks merely as a result of being African American. Micro-aggressions include experiences such as being denied service, being falsely accused, being negatively singled out on account of one's race. The author labels the stress that results from such micro-aggressions as Mundane Extreme Environmental Stress--which she says is a daily experience, has a significant impact on one's psychological well being and world view, is environmentally induced, and is detracting and energy consuming.
Long Description
Carroll contends that race is brought to the consciousness of African Americans every day through interaction with employers, service providers, landlords, the police, and the media, and examines the stress experienced by blacks merely as a result of being African American. Micro-aggressions include experiences such as being denied service, being falsely accused, being negatively singled out on account of one's race. The author labels the stress that results from such micro-aggressions as Mundane Extreme Environmental Stresswhich she says is a daily experience, has a significant impact on one's psychological well being and world view, is environmentally induced, and is detracting and energy consuming.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: African Americans and Mundane Extreme Environmental Stressp. 1
Of M.E.E.S. and Men: Case Studies of African American Single Fathersp. 17
The Flip Side of Teen Mothers: Their Perspectives on Young Fathersp. 43
Parenting: Mothers, Magic, M.E.E.S., and Mythsp. 55
A Challenge of Getting a "Good Education": Black Students on White Campusesp. 79
Professional Sisterhood: Standing in Stellar Spacep. 95
Summaryp. 115
Afterwordp. 131
Bibliographyp. 135
Indexp. 141
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