Beyond Ethnic Loneliness: The Pain of Marginalization and the Path to Belonging

Beyond Ethnic Loneliness: The Pain of Marginalization and the Path to Belonging

by Prasanta Verma
Beyond Ethnic Loneliness: The Pain of Marginalization and the Path to Belonging

Beyond Ethnic Loneliness: The Pain of Marginalization and the Path to Belonging

by Prasanta Verma

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Overview

"So what are you? Go back where you belong!"

Majority white American culture has historically marginalized people of color, who at times feel invisible and alienated and at other times are traumatized by oppression and public discrimination. This reality leads to a particular kind of aloneness: ethnic and racial loneliness.

An Indian American immigrant who grew up in white Southern culture, Prasanta Verma names and sheds light on the realities of ethnic loneliness. She unpacks the exhausting effects of cultural isolation, the dynamics of marginalization, and the weight of being other. In the midst of disconnection and erasure, she points to the longing to belong, the need to share our stories, and the hope of finding safe friendships and community. Our places of exile can become places where we find belonging—to ourselves, to others, and to God.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514007419
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 04/16/2024
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 385,611
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Prasanta Verma (MBA, MPH) was born under an Asian sun, raised in the Appalachian foothills in the South, and now resides in the Upper Midwest. Her essays and poetry have been published in Sojourners, Propel Women, (in)courage, Inheritance Magazine, the Indianapolis Review, Barren Magazine, and the Mudroom blog. She served as a speech and debate coach for over ten years. When she's not writing, speaking, or working, she's drinking chai, walking, or reading. Prasanta lives with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Country with No Name

Part One: So, What Are You? Understanding Ethnic Loneliness
1. Defining Ethnic Loneliness
2. Disbelonging and Home
3. Beauty, Belonging, and Identity Theft
4. Isolated and Othered
5. Marginalized and Stranded
6. Exiled and Disconnected

Part Two: So, What Can Be Done? The Path to Belonging
7. Trauma and Healing
8. Sharing Our Stories
9. From Disbelonging to Belonging
10. A Better Country

Acknowledgments
Appendix A: BIPOC Mental Health Resources
Appendix B: Further Reading
Notes

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