Race in the Mind of America

Race in the Mind of America

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Internationally recognized psychologist Paul L. Wachtel sheds new light on the psychological foundations of our nation's racial impasse and applies his pathbreaking qvicious circleq approach to help resolve it. This timely and fascinating analysis shows how the ways we attempt to cope with racial tensions and inequalities often lead to the perpetuation of our difficulties rather than their resolution. Understanding the ironies that characterize contemporary race relations is the first step toward extricating our nation from the vicious circle. Both controversial and healing, Race in the Mind of America challenges the orthodoxies that shape black and white opinion and liberal and conservative policies while sensitively exploring the way the world looks to both sides and why it looks that way. Wachtel probes the daily experiences of blacks and whites, shedding new light on how individual experiences and larger social, historical and economic forces continually re-create each other. In illustrating how blacks and whites get caught in vicious circles that sustain the very behaviors and attitudes they wish would change, Wachtel also points toward the concrete solutions to our seemingly enduring dilemmas and shows how to move beyond the adversarial rhetoric that divides us.Consider again in this regard the findings of Claude Steele on stereotype anxiety discussed in Chapter Five. ... R.Vagg, Test Anxiety: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment, Washington, DC: Taylor aamp; Francis, 1995; Marty Sapp, Test Anxiety: Applied Research, Assessment, and Treatment, Lanham, ... W E.B.Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903), in Three Negro Classics, New York: Avon Books, 1965, pp.

Title:Race in the Mind of America
Author:Paul L. Wachtel
Publisher:Psychology Press - 1999


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