Posted by & filed under .



Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity

Becky Thompson & Sangeeta Tyagi, eds., Routledge, 1995.

The many different stories illuminate options, real possibilities for real people to develop strategies to navigate the racist shoals in today’s shallow cultural waters.


Black and White Racial Identity: Theory, Research, and Practice
Janet E. Helms, (ed.), Praeger, 1993.
Examines major theories of Black and White racial identity [and] theoretical perspectives that were originally developed to describe social fomentation have been updated and expanded to explain the role of racial identity in counseling dyads, social relationships, and groups. Original research addresses the relationship of racial identity to other personality characteristics such as value orientations,  decision-making styles.


Black on White: Black Authors on What It Means to Be White

David Roediger, (ed.), Schocken, 1999.
American literature boasts a long history of white authors writing about blacks. From Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve, the right of white writers to examine the lives of black people, accurately or not, is accepted without comment. Black on White brings together some of the most succinct writing ever on what it means to be white–from the African American point of view.


Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
Beverly Tatum, Beacon Press, 2008.
Tatum follows up Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? with a broader question about the nation’s readiness to talk honestly about the forces that continue to make race such a thorny issue.


New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development: A Theoretical and Practical Anthology
Charmaine Wijeyesinghe and Bailey Jackson (eds.), New York University, Press, 2001.

Seeks to update foundational models of racial identity theory. The volume brings together leaders in the field to deepen, broaden, and reassess our understandings of racial identity development among Blacks, Latino/as, Asian Americans, American Indians, Whites, and multiracial people.


Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960’s to the 1990’s
2nd Edition, Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Routledge, 1994.

Provides a detailed account of the theory of racial formation processes. It includes material on the historical development
of race, the question of racism, race-class-gender interrelation- ships, and everyday life.


The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys
Ray A. Winbush, Amistad, 2001.
An African American centered program for rearing Black boys in a racist society.


White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism

Ashley W. Doane and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Routledge, 2003.
What does it mean to be white? This remains the question at large in the continued effort to examine how white racial identity is constructed and how systems of white privilege operate in everyday life. White Out brings together the original work of leading scholars across the disciplines of sociology, philosophy, history and anthropology to give readers an important and cutting-edge study of “whiteness.”


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial identity
Revised Edition, Beverly Tatum, Basic Books, 2003.
Is self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? Tatum asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences: Whites are afraid of using the wrong words and being perceived as “racist” while parents of color are afraid of exposing their children to painful racial realities too soon. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities is essential.




“Processes of Asian American Identity Development: A Study of Japanese American Women’s perceptions of Their Struggle to Achieve Positive Identities as Americans of Asian Ancestry,” Jean Kim, University of Massachusetts, 1981.


“Identity Orientations of Latinos in the United States: Implications for Leaders and Organizations,” Placida V. Gallegos and Bernardo M. Ferdman, The Business Journal of Hispanic Research, 2007.
Reviews a model of Latino identity orientations, particularly as these relate to racial constructs, from the perspective of  the workplace.

Comments are closed.