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Transitions in Consciousness from an African American Perspective - Carroy U. Ferguson

Transitions in Consciousness from an African American Perspective

Paperback Published: 13th April 2004
ISBN: 9780761827009
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this book, Carroy Ferguson presents a unique glimpse into the transitional stages in consciousness that many African Americans experience as they explore the essence of being a Black person in U.S. society and the world. Using a model of six transitional stages in consciousness, original essays, and discourses on the symbolism of various historical events, Ferguson engages readers in an intriguing reflective process to give them a better understanding of how transitions in consciousness_from an African American perspective_are largely shaped and greatly influenced by the 'psychology of the times.' The essays, therefore, represent the various dynamics at play as many African Americans engage the contents of their consciousness and learn to explore and transcend various societal challenges. To assist readers in engaging their personal self-reflective processes, Ferguson provides creative exercises and a comprehensive timeline of African American life.

Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
A Psycho-Historical Period of Preliminary Musing: Harnessing Random Thoughtsp. 1
Psycho-Historical Context (1954-1967)p. 3
A Mediating Developmental Approach to Thought and Language: Verbal Thought, Word Meaning, and Concept Formation (Essay Written-1967)p. 7
General Orientation and Approachp. 8
Meaning as a Psychological Problemp. 10
Development of Thought in the Child: Concept Formationp. 12
Genetic Roots of Thought and Speechp. 16
Extended Considerations of Languagep. 18
Role of Language in Cognitive Development (Learning)p. 19
The Transition Periodp. 21
Conclusionp. 23
A Psycho-Historical Period of Creative Angerp. 27
Psycho-Historical Context (1967-1973)p. 29
Toward a Psychology of Black Mental Health (Essay Written-1970)p. 35
Redefinition of Mental Health-What Is A Relevant Psychology?p. 35
The Black Family Systemp. 41
The Black Belief or Attitudinal Systemp. 45
The Black Behavior Systemp. 58
The Black Value Systemp. 64
A Psycho-Historical Period of Research and Studyp. 69
Psycho-Historical Context (1974-1989)p. 71
"Culture of Poverty": A Reality or a Misconception (Essay Written-1974)p. 83
Cultural Awareness and Crosscultural Communication: Models and Principles (Essay Written-1989)p. 93
A Psycho-Historical Period of Expanded Thoughtp. 103
Psycho-Historical Context (1990-1993)p. 105
The Mirror Effect and Anti-Black Disposition as a Function of Fear and an Outer vs. Inner Orientation: Transcending a Crossracial and Cultural Barrier in Expanding Consciousness (Essay Written-1993)p. 111
Anti-black Disposition, Stylistic Orientation and Perceptions About the Nature of the Unconsciousp. 113
Research on Anti-black Dispositions, the Nature of the Unconscious, and Stylistic Orientations: A Summaryp. 118
Implications of the Research for Transcending a Crossracial and Cultural Barrierp. 124
Embracing the Mirror Effect as a Tool for Transcending and Expanding Consciousnessp. 124
Transcending the Symbolic Linkp. 125
Re-Thinking Self-Identity and Blocks to Self-Developmentp. 126
Environmental and Psychic Stress of Crossracial and Multicultural Projectionsp. 127
Self-Limiting Cultural Beliefs and Blocks to Self-Creation and Empowermentp. 128
Distorted States of Consciousnessp. 128
Intervention Strategies for Healing the Selfp. 129
Conclusionp. 130
A Psycho-Historical Period of Further Expanded Thoughtp. 137
Psycho-Historical Context (1990-1995)p. 139
Expanding Our Consciousness Through the Use of the Mirror Effect: The Inner State of the Human Race and Race Relations (Essay Written-1995)p. 145
The Mirror Effect and Its Role in Expanding Consciousnessp. 146
Reflections of the Mirror Effect About the Inner State of the Race and Race Relationsp. 148
Embracing the Mirror Effect as a Tool for Transformation and Expansionp. 153
The Mirror Effect and Tools for Self-Creation and Reality Creationp. 154
Mirror Effect Lessons About Consciousness and the Role of Racial Groupsp. 161
Conclusionp. 167
A Psycho-Historical Period of New Musingp. 171
Psycho-Historical Context (1990-1996)p. 173
Meaning of Race and the Concept of Self: A Transpersonal Perspective (Essay Written-1996)p. 181
Epilogue-A Psycho-Historical Update: "Reminder Events," Challenges, and Next Stepsp. 195
Psycho-Historical Context (1996-The Dawn Of A New Millennium)p. 197
Some Recent Events Since 1996 Which Serve As "Reminders" About Unfinished Race-Related Workp. 197
Some Ongoing Challenges For Race Relationsp. 206
Next Steps In Regard To Race Relationsp. 209
Appendixp. 217
A Timeline of African American Lifep. 219
Five Historical Time Frames For African American Life: Themes And Examples Of Historical Eventsp. 219
1517-1863p. 219
The Beginning Of Slavery In The New Worldp. 219
Slave Insurrectionsp. 219
Legitimization Of The Idea Of Having "Slave And Free States"p. 220
The Abolitionist Movementp. 221
The First Black Nationalist Movementp. 222
The Onset Of A Civil War And The Emancipation Of Slavesp. 222
1863-1896p. 223
Resistance To The End Of The Civil War And The Force Of The Reconstruction Erap. 223
The Emergence Of "Black Code" Laws And Violent White Resistance To Social Changep. 224
The Emergence Of National Black Institutionsp. 225
Early Popularized African American Cultural Influencesp. 226
1896-1929p. 228
Creative Tension Of Two Ideologies For Black Progress-Vocational Education vs. College-Trained Leadershipp. 228
The Harlem Renaissance And More Popularized African American Cultural Influencesp. 229
The Enactment Of Overt, Violent Black-White Group Confrontationsp. 233
The Emergence Of Visible Black-White Collaboration And African American Self-Help Organizationsp. 234
The Second Black Nationalist Movementp. 236
1929-1954p. 236
The Condoning Of A Segregated American Lifestyle And The Treatment Of African Americans As "Objects" By The U. S. Governmentp. 236
Challenges To Discrimination And Segregation Laws Through Direct Action, Legal Strategies, And Political Inroadsp. 237
The Third Black Nationalist Movementp. 241
Challenges To U. S. Segregated Cultural Life Through Music, Art, Publications, Sports, And Civic Symbolsp. 241
1954-The Presentp. 246
The Struggles Of The Civil Rights Movement, Sit-In Movement, And Freedom Rides To Promote The Ideas Of Freedom, Desegregation, And Full Equality For African Americansp. 246
The Federal Government's More Active Role To Contain/Prevent White Reactive Violence And To Establish New Laws For Handling Civil Rights, Discrimination, And Affirmative Actionp. 252
Periodic Racial Explosions, Backlashes To Erode Affirmative Action, And Different Perceptions Regarding U. S. Justice And The State Of Race Relationsp. 254
A Push For Respect, Self-Defense, Self-Definition, And Re-Connections To African Rootsp. 261
Breakthroughs In Politics And Political Appointmentsp. 268
The Fourth Black Nationalist Movementp. 279
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ISBN: 9780761827009
ISBN-10: 0761827005
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 13th April 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45