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Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life

Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life
Crossing Boundaries

September 2009 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The field has been waiting for a masterpiece like Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life for a long time. It provides a thoughtful account of the subtle, barely visible, and sometimes unspeakable influences of racial and cultural dynamics that occur in groups."
—Leo Wilton, Binghamton University, State University of New York

"I believe that by focusing on group diversity, this book aligns with a major trend that has not received enough attention."
— Christopher J. McCarthy, University of Texas at Austin

This book presents a theoretical framework for understanding leadership and authority in group and organizational life. Using relational psychoanalytic and systems theory, the authors examine conscious and unconscious processes as they relate to racial and cultural issues in the formation and maintenance of groups. Unique among group dynamics texts, the book explores aspects of racial and cultural influences in every chapter. Readers will enhance their analytic and practice skills in addressing factors that impact diverse groups and organizations, including ethical considerations, social roles, strategies for leadership, dynamics of entering and joining, and termination.

Key Features

  • Case examples help readers integrate theory and practice, as illustrated in transcripts of interactions from group sessions.
  • A group work competencies list ensures that readers master concepts as they progress through the book.
  • An assessment form allows the student or practitioner to evaluate concrete dynamics of groups, such as size, and gendered and racial composition.

This text is appropriate for graduate-level courses incorporating group dynamics and multicultural topics in departments of psychology, education, counseling, and social work. It is also a valuable resource for counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals in preparation for group work.

Introduction Basic Conceptual Framework of Book
Ch 1. Understanding Groups as Psychodynamic Systems in the Context of Racial-Cultural Factors
Ch 2. Working With Differences in Groups: Ethical Considerations
Ch 3. Group Formation: Racial-Cultural Dynamics of Entering and Joining
Ch 4. Group Development: The Impact of Racial-Cultural Factors
Ch 5. Group Dynamics in Racially and Culturally Mixed Groups
Ch 6. Social Roles in Groups
Ch 7. Leadership, Authority, and Power in Racially and Culturally Mixed Groups
Ch 8. Strategies for Leadership in Multicultural Groups
Ch 9. The Mature Work Group
Ch 10. Termination
About the Author

A useful book for those who wish to promote group learning.

Mrs Beverley Murray
Dept of Health,Wellbeing & the family, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 4, 2014

I was rather disappointed with this text; for me it gave a rather limited perspective on it's subject

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
September 23, 2013

The multicultural perspective.

Dr Edil Torres-Rivera
Counselor Education Dept, University of Florida
June 9, 2011

This book deals with important issues that are often not addressed in group and organisational theory. It is a valuable addition to the generic texts which only give a superficial mention of the dynamics of social and political difference in groups.

Steph Green
Youth and Community, Ruskin College
November 9, 2010

This is an interesting book which, although aimed at counselors, psychologists and mental health workers has a lot to offer other professionals.

I have adopted this text for social work students as it provides insight into a range of case examples which are readily accessible and provide a useful basis for discussion.

Dr Ann Hodson
Department of Social Work, Dundee University
November 8, 2010

I thought the text was well organized and clearly written. Unfortunately, I will not be adopting the text, reason being, I felt did not focus on practical/clinical information related to group work appropriate for an intro course.

Thank you

Mrs Vanessa SCARLATA
Sociology Anthro Soc Wk Dept, Whittier College
May 1, 2010

Too narrow for my purposes in an introductory course

Professor Joshua Goode
History Dept, Claremont Graduate University
April 23, 2010

I regret that I am not able to use this textbook for my Social Issues/AABS course. I liked the book, but the content is not compatible with my course goals and objectives. However, I am considering recommending the book as a resource to participants (e.g. faculty, administrators and students) in the Texas A & M University (TAMU) Diversity Training Institute (DTI) that I facilitate during the Summer.

Dr LaQueta Wright
Math Sci Behavioral Sci Div, Richland College
April 5, 2010
Key features
  • Theoretical framework to link group work with racial and cultural factors
  • Examination of the entire group process from joining to termination
  • Demonstration and analysis of authority and leadership issues
  • Exploration of ethical issues involving group processes and race and culture    

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