Environmental Stress And African Americans

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Overview

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.

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Uses an understanding of racism as a mundane extreme environment to discuss the destructive personal effects of racism and ways to combat them, interweaving autobiographical accounts, research, experiences of parents in parenting groups, and poetry. Looks at African American single fathers, teen mothers' perspectives on young fathers, parenting myths and challenges, black students on white campuses, and black professional women. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275959296
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1998
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GRACE CARROLL is Academic Coordinator for African American Student Development, University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: African Americans and Mundane Extreme Environmental Stress 1
2 Of M.E.E.S. and Men: Case Studies of African American Single Fathers 17
3 The Flip Side of Teen Mothers: Their Perspectives on Young Fathers 43
4 Parenting: Mothers, Magic, M.E.E.S., and Myths 55
5 A Challenge of Getting a "Good Education": Black Students on White Campuses 79
6 Professional Sisterhood: Standing in Stellar Space 95
7 Summary 115
Afterword 131
Bibliography 135
Index 141
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