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Internalized Oppression

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The Psychology of Marginalized Groups

Author: E.J.R. David Ph.D.


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"It is a great honorÖto write the foreword to such an important book edited by E.J.R. David, filled with contributions from leading and emerging psychological scholars on internalized oppression. One of the best features of the book, in my opinion, is that the chapter authorsÖare allowed to share their own personal experiences and that such experiences are regarded to be just as valid and legitimate as the 'theories' and 'empirical studies' that they review."

-Eduardo Duran, PhD
7th Direction Therapy, Assessment, and Consulting
Author of Healing the Soul Wound and Co-Author of Native American Postcolonial Psychology

The oppression of various groups has taken place throughout human history. People are stereotyped, discriminated against, and treated unjustly simply because of their social group membership. But what does it look like when the oppression that people face from the outside gets under their skin? Long overdue, this is the first book to highlight the universality of internalized oppression across marginalized groups in the United States from a mental health perspective. It focuses on the psychological manifestations and mental health implications of internalized oppression for a variety of groups. The book provides insight into the ways in which internalized oppression influences the thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and behaviors of the oppressed toward themselves, other members of their group, and members of the dominant group. It also considers promising clinical and community programs that are currently addressing internalized oppression among specific groups.

The book describes the implications and unique manifestations of internalized oppression among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska natives, women, people with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. For each group, the text considers its demographic profile, history of oppression, contemporary oppression, common manifestations and mental and behavioral health implications, clinical and community programs, and future directions. Chapters are written by leading and emerging scholars, who share their personal experiences to provide a real-world point of view. Additionally, each chapter is coauthored by a member of a particular community group, who helps to bring academic concepts to life.

Key Features:

  • Addresses the universality of internalized oppression across marginalized groups in the U.S. and its corresponding mental health and psychological manifestations
  • Considers how specific groups exhibit internalized oppression in their own unique ways
  • Provides insight into how internalized oppression influences the thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors of the oppressed
  • Highlights promising clinical and community programs

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 09, 2013
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199256

About The Author(s) 

E. J. R. David, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He received his PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An Award-winning psychologist, in 2012 he received the APA’s Early Career Award in Research for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology, the Asian American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in 2013, and the Alaska Psychological Association’s Cultural Humanitarian Award for Exemplary Service and Dedication to Diversity in 2014. A Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association, Dr. David is also a contributor to Psychology Today, writing about the psychology of race, ethnicity, and culture.

Table of Contents 



Foreword (Eduardo Duran)



Part I. Introduction

1. What Is Internalized Oppression, and So What?

E. J. R. David and Annie O. Derthick

Part II. America’s Indigenous Peoples

2. The Internalized Oppression of North American Indigenous Peoples

John Gonzalez, Estelle Simard, Twyla Baker-Demaray, and Chase Iron Eyes

3. Internalized Oppression and Alaska Native Peoples: “We Have to Go Through the Problem”

Jordan Lewis, James Allen, and Elizabeth Fleagle

4. Internalized Oppression Among Pacific Island Peoples

Michael Salzman and Poka Laenui

Part III. Marginalized Racial/Ethnic Communities

5. Self-Hatred, Self-Doubt, and Assimilation in Latina/o Communities: Las Consecuencias de Colonizacion y Opresion

Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado, Stephany Gallegos Payan, and Teresa I. Baca

6. Internalized Racial Oppression in the African American Community

Tamba-Kuii M. Bailey, Wendi S. Williams, and Brian Favors

7. Asian Americans and Internalized Oppression: Do We Deserve This?

James B. Millan and Alvin N. Alvarez

Part IV. Socially Devalued Groups

8. Girls, Women, and Internalized Sexism

Steve Bearman and Marielle Amrhein

9. Internalized Oppression and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

Kevin L. Nadal and RJ Mendoza

10. Disability and Internalized Oppression

Brian Watermeyer and Tristan Görgens

Afterword (James M. Jones)


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