Racism in the United States, Second Edition

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Racism in the United States, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826148841

Implications for the Helping Professions

Author: Joshua Miller MSW, PhD, Ann Marie Garran MSW, PhD



Praise for the First Edition:

“Finally, a book that is comprehensive, interactive, and stimulating on racism in America. Miller and Garran have written the book I have long desired for my classes. [It] provides both case examples and experiential exercises that encourage insight into understanding the complexity of the insidious and virulent forms of racism in the U.S. today. Using critical race theory as the conceptual framework, it identifies and analyzes all levels of racism: personal, professional, institutional, and cultural. It is a must-read book for all in the helping professions.”

-Edith Fraser, PhD, Professor, Oakwood College

“Miller and Garran have accomplished something extraordinary. Racism in the United States strategically engages clinicians in an affirmative and hopeful dialogue that will benefit all clients and therapists however they self-identify… simply a must-read for effective practice.”

-Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

“Miller and Garran deftly use their experience as social workers, educators, and activists to provide useful and important tools for anyone willing to learn more about the role racism plays in their everyday life. There is something in this book for everyone.”

-Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut

This second edition of the highly praised and widely adopted text continues to guide students in examining their own social identities and how they interact with others using the lens of critical race theory. It is written for students entering the helping professions who must incorporate an understanding of racism into their relationally based work with clients and patients, organizations and communities. The second edition encompasses the many changes in socio-political context and conceptual thinking about race and racism that have taken place since the first edition was published. It features a reconceptualization of racial identity formation, and updates information on the intersectionality of racism to incorporate other identities and social oppressions. Also included are new case examples and additional experiential exercises to reinforce learning.

Integrating theory, research, and practice, the text analyzes all levels of racism, from personal to institutional, and presents concrete facts about how racism affects people’s lives, and the ways that systemic racism undergirds and reinforces both interpersonal and structural racism. It speaks to students of all races and ethnicities, and comprehensively tackles a challenging topic in an accessible and sensitive manner. Its approachable presentation fosters self-reflection and helps instructors to ease students into a difficult topic. The book fulfills NASW and CSWE requirements for cultural competence.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Every chapter fully updated to reflect recent socio-political changes
  • Updates “the web of racism”
  • Updates information on the intersectionality of racism to incorporate other identities and social oppressions
  • Integrates post-modern, post-structural, and post-colonial theory
  • Discusses the Obama presidency and the concept of a “post-racial America”
  • Considers current immigration issues and debates
  • Includes Islamophobia in its analysis of racism
  • Addresses the murders of young men of color by police
  • Analyzes the racialization of the criminal justice system
  • Discusses the intersection between class, gender, sexual orientation, disability and racism
  • Adds new information related to neurobiology and psychological theories

Key Features:

  • Speaks to students, instructors, and practitioners of all racial and ethnic identities
  • Examines social identity using a critical race theory framework
  • Comprehensively analyzes all levels of racism, from personal to institutional
  • Includes valuable case examples and experiential exercises to engage students and enhance learning
  • In addition to offering thoughtful, insightful analyses of racism, the book offers strategies, solutions and hope.
  • Teaches students how to respond to racism in a range of contexts – working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Envisions all anti-racism activists as potential teachers and includes a chapter about how to teach about race and racism.
  • Presents complex and difficult topics in a readable and accessible way

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 28, 2017
  • Page Count 352
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826148841

About The Author(s) 

Joshua Miller is a professor at Smith College School for Social Work and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University. He focuses on antiracism work in his scholarship, teaching and community activism. He also responds to major disasters internationally and is the author of Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters.

Ann Marie Garran is an associate professor and MSW Program Director at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Her scholarship, teaching, and community work are largely centered on anti-racism and other anti-oppression work, and inclusive pedagogy and social work education to better understand how power and privilege shape both the instructor and student experience in teaching and learning.

Table of Contents 




CHAPTER I Background: Social Identity and Situating Ourselves

CHAPTER 2 What Is Racism? 1

CHAPTER 3 A Brief History of Racism in the United States and Implications for the Helping Professions

CHAPTER 4 The Web of Institutional Racism

CHAPTER 5 Why Is It so Difficult for People with Privilege to See Racism?

CHAPTER 6 Social Identity Formation and Group Membership

CHAPTER 7 Intersectionality: Racism and Other Forms of Social Oppression

CHAPTER 8 Racial Dialogue: Talking about Race and Racism

CHAPTER 9 Responses to Racism in the Community

CHAPTER 10 Confronting Racism in Agencies and Organizations

CHAPTER II Cross-Racial Clinical Work

Chapter 12 Teaching about race and racism

CHAPTER 13 Dismantling Racism: Creating the Web of Resistance

APPENDIX 8-1 Study Circles Dialogues

APPENDIX 8-2 Steps to Successful Intergroup Conversation: A Critical-Dialogic Model

APPENDIX 9-1 Issues to Consider When Confronting Institutional Racism

APPENDIX 10-1 Activities Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization

APPENDIX II-I Cultural Values and Worldviews

APPENDIX 11-2 Culturally Influenced Behaviors

APPENDIX 11-3 Questions about Cross-Cultural Contacts

APPENDIX 11-4 Further Reading about Cross-Racial/Cultural Clinical Practice

APPENDIX 12-1 Imaginary Letter