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Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life

Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life
Crossing Boundaries

October 2009 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book offers a theoretical framework for understanding covert and overt processes in group and organizational life. Using psychoanalytic (interpersonal and relational) and systems theory, the book examines the whole group and the unconscious processes that occur as they relate to racial and cultural issues. Conceptually, the model offered focuses on the group-as-whole rather than the individual. The book will also offer best practices in working with diverse groups in a variety of settings.

Finally, racial-cultural differences often present challenges in multiple environments such as not for profits, and for profit organizations, which often impede productive functioning in group and organizational life. This book will address ways of managing these challenges.


- 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.

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
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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

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