Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life
- Mary B. McRae - New York University, Italy
- Ellen L. Short - Long Island University, USA
"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.
- 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.
A useful book for those who wish to promote group learning.
I was rather disappointed with this text; for me it gave a rather limited perspective on it's subject
The multicultural perspective.
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.
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.
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.
Too narrow for my purposes in an introductory course
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.