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Race & well-being : the lives, hopes, and activism of African Canadians /
Carl James ... [et al.].
Black Point, N.S. : Fernwood Pub., c2010.
x, 205 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
155266354X, 9781552663547
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Black Point, N.S. : Fernwood Pub., c2010.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-201) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-10-01:
This study is the product of the Racism, Violence and Health Project, a five-year research initiative that investigated the impact of racism on the physical, psychological, and spiritual health of African-descended people in three Canadian cities: Halifax, Calgary, and Toronto. The voices of the study's 900 participants, which include first- and second-generation immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, are incorporated whenever possible. Using quantitative and qualitative research, James et al. demonstrate the need for governments and the health care profession, in particular, to recognize racism--institutional, personal, and internalized--as a serious detriment to an individual's well-being. In spite of the tremendous diversity among African Canadians, which the researchers document effectively, most participants conceptualize racism as violence, regardless of the myriad overt and subverted ways in which they experienced it. This work should inspire greater inquiry into the relationship between health and racism-related stress. Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections. M. L. Roman SUNY Brockport
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Through in-depth qualitative research with African Canadians in three Canadian cities - Calgary, Toronto and Halifax - this book explores how experiences of racism, combined with other social and economic factors, affect the health and well-being of African Canadians.
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Through in-depth qualitative research with African Canadians in three Canadian cities--Calgary, Toronto, and Halifax--this study explores how experiences of racism, when combined with other social and economic factors, affect the health and well-being of this segment of the country's population. With a special interest in how racial stereotyping impacts black men and boys, the book presents stories of racism and violence and describes how reactions to racism differ across a range of social and economic variables. In addition, the discussion rejects the notion that black communities are homogeneous and provides a detailed examination of three distinct communities: Caribbean, immigrant African, and Canadian black.

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