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.

Key Features

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.

Strategies for Leadership in Multicultural Groups

Strategies for leadership in multicultural groups

This chapter focuses on the strategies and competencies required to maintain the leader role and implement the tasks of the group. Some of the questions to be explored are as follows: (a) What are the competencies required for effective leadership? (b) What are some effective group-level interventions? (c) What are the appropriate strategies for intervening with groups when the members come from different racial and cultural backgrounds? The leaders’ awareness and understanding of within-group differences, such as racial/ethnic identity attitudes, along with cultural values, social class, and biases, will influence strategies of working with groups. As has been stated throughout this book, groups that consist of members from different racial and cultural backgrounds are complex ...

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