In the past 30 years, the United States has undergone an unprecedented and accelerated growth in the diversity of its population. These changes affect all elements of our society, underscoring the need for an informed and knowledgeable public that can understand, respect, and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds. Multicultural Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity discusses the relationship between race, ethnicity, sense of self and the development of individual and group identity. It further explores the question of who we are and who we are becoming from the perspective of our multicultural, multilingual, and globally interconnected world. This book offers readers the opportunity to examine the importance of ecological and environmental factors in defining how we experience our lives and the world around us.
The authors introduce and review numerous frameworks and models for understanding racial and ethnic identity development. Each chapter reviews the social, economic, and political processes related to building and preserving racial and ethnic identities and perceptions of self. Multicultural Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity is a great resource for all social workers.
Editors Salett and Koslow have assembled an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore cutting-edge issues in the study of self and identity within the multilayered contexts of race, ethnicity, and oppression. A concise and highly readable volume, topics addressed include racial and ethnic identity, privileged identity or the study of "critical whiteness," biracial and multiracial identity, native and indigenous perspectives on reclaiming identity, and the evolving nature of what it means to be American in the 21st century. The book balances well coverage of these critical topics across age groups, and it integrates the most up-to-date research and theoretical developments available. As a group, the authors emphasize that identity is not static, but socially constructed; and the issues explored are critical in our increasingly multicultural, multilingual, globally interconnected world. The lead chapter of this text pays homage to Erik Erikson's vision in locating identity development within a social–cultural–historical context. This volume carries and extends that tradition through an innovative assessment of identity development going forward.
Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD
Professor, Counseling Psychology
Fordham University, New York City