Meanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution of African-Americans by Sherle L. BooneMeanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution of African-Americans by Sherle L. Boone

Meanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution of African-Americans

bySherle L. Boone

Hardcover | December 16, 2011

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Questions about the identity of American-born people of African descent have been debated throughout American History. It is widely assumed that the process of adaptation to a racially stratified society influenced the attitudes, beliefs and emotions of African-Americans. This assumption begs the question, are African Americans a 'new people' with distinctive psychological and cultural traits? The author contends American-born Blacks were gradually transformed from 'Africans living in America' into a 'new people' with different racial conceptualizations and global worldviews from their African ancestors. The author argues that meanings attributed to the concept of race are of paramount importance in the psychological functioning of African Americans. Novel circumstances surrounding the process of adapting to oppression in a racially stratified society compelled African Americans to attribute unique meanings to the concept of race in ways that reflected the nature of their experience in America. This book shows how African Americans' conceptions of race may operate in a manner that distinguishes them from others of African descent.
Sherle L. Boone is a professor of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at William Paterson University of New Jersey. He has published papers in the areas of human aggression, identity formation in people of African descent, and parenting strategies in African American families. Professor Boone is the founder and ...
Title:Meanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution of African-AmericansFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.46 × 6.37 × 1.28 inPublished:December 16, 2011Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442213108

ISBN - 13:9781442213104


Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Chapter 1: Different Perspectives on the Significance of Race for Black People 3 Chapter 2: Changing from Africans to African Americans 4 Chapter 3: The Evolving of a Racist Worldview and Psyches of African-Americans 5 Chapter 4: Dehumanized and stigmatized in a racially stratified society: Psychological implications for African Americans 6 Chapter 5: Challenging conceptions of Race at the turn of the Twentieth Century 7 Chapter 6: Rethinking African-Americans' Identity: Mid-1900's-2010 8 Chapter 7: Measuring the Psychological Significance of Race in African-Americans and Looking Ahead 9 Chapter 8: Toward Defining the African-American 10 Epilogue

Editorial Reviews

Meanings Beneath the Skin: The Evolution of African-Americans offers a provocative look at the vexing questions surrounding African American identity. How are we to understand internal racial/ethnic differences?  How do those differences impact the way we think about linked fate? Sure to spark debate, Boone has made a substantive contribution to a much need conversation in this so-called Age of Obama.