Microaggression theory : influence and implications

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  • Microaggressions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership (e.g., race, gender, culture, religion, social class, sexual orientation, etc.). These daily, common manifestations of aggression leave many people feeling vulnerable, targeted, angry, and afraid. How has this become such a pervasive part of our social and political rhetoric, and what is the psychology behind it? In Microaggression theory, the original research team that created the microaggressions taxonomy, Gina Torino, David Rivera, Christina Capodilupo, Kevin Nadal, and Derald Wing Sue, address these issues head-on in a fascinating work that explores the newest findings of microaggressions in their sociopolitical context. It delves into how the often invisible nature of this phenomenon prevents perpetrators from realizing and confronting their own complicity in creating psychological dilemmas for marginalized groups, and discusses how prejudice, privilege, safe spaces, and cultural appropriation have become themes in our contentious social and political discourse.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Part I. Microaggression Theory. Everything You Wanted to Know About Microaggressions but Didn't Get a Chance to Ask / Gina C Torino, David P Rivera, Christina M Capodilupo, Kevin L Nadal, Derald Wing Sue -- Aversive Racism, Implicit Bias, and Microaggressions / John F Dovidio, Adam R Pearson, Louis A Penner -- Multidimensional Models of Microaggressions and Microaffirmations / James M Jones, Rosalie Rolón-Dow -- Intersectionality Theory and Microaggressions: Implications for Research, Teaching, and Practice / Jioni A Lewis, Marlene G Williams, Anahvia T Moody, Erica J Peppers, Cecile A Gadson -- Part II. Detrimental Impact of Microaggressions. Microaggressions: Clinical Impact and Psychological Harm / Jesse Owen, Karen W Tao, Joanna M Drinane -- Microaggressions: Considering the Framework of Psychological Trauma / Thema Bryant-Davis -- Factors Contributing to Microaggressions, Racial Battle Fatigue, Stereotype Threat, and Imposter Phenomenon for Nonhegemonic Students: Implications for Urban Education / Jennifer L Martin -- Microaggressions and Internalized Oppression: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Institutional Impacts of "Internalized Microaggressions" / EJR David, Jessica Petalio, Maria C Crouch -- "I Didn't Know That was Racist" : Costs of Racial Microaggressions to white People / D Anthony Clark, Lisa Spanierman -- Part III. Manifestation of Microaggressions. The 360-Degree Experience of Workplace Microaggressions: Who Commits Them? How Do Individuals Respond? What Are the Consequences? / Jennifer Young-Jin Kim, Duoc Nguyen, Caryn Block -- Microaggressions: Toxic Rain in Health Care / Silvia L Mazzula, Rebecca R Campón -- From Racial Microaggressions to Hate Crimes: A Model of Online Racism Based on the Lived Experiences of Adolescents of Color / Brendesha M Tynes, Fantasy T Lozada, Naila A Smith, Ashley M Stewart -- Environmental Microaggressions: Context, Symbols, and Mascots / Jesse A Steinfeldt, Jacqueline Hyman, M Clint Steinfeldt -- Part IV. Microaggressions and Social Policies and Practices. Microaggressions and Student Activism: Harmless Impact and Victimhood Controversies / Derald Wing Sue -- "Radical by Necessity, Not by Choice" : From Microaggressions to Social Activism / Michelle Fine, Maria E Torre, David Frost, Allison Cabana -- Part V. Microaggressions: Interventions and Strategies. Microaggressions: Workplace Interventions / Aisha M B Holder -- "Compliments" and "Jokes" : Unpacking Racial Microaggressions in the K-12 Classroom / Rita Kohli, Nallely Arteaga, Elexia R McGovern -- Microaggressions in Higher Education: Embracing Educative Spaces / Kathryn S Young, Myron R Anderson -- Part VI. The Future of Microaggression Theory. Microaggression Theory: What the Future Holds / Gina C Torino, David P Rivera, Christina M Capodilupo, Kevin L Nadal, Derald Wing Sue
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