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America's Atonement

Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing -- 2nd Edition


Aaron David Gresson III

The second edition of America’s Atonement: Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing argues that racial pain is a driving force in contemporary race relations and is especially prevalent in social discourses on identity, fairness, and social justice. Despite its importance, racial pain is too often glossed over as mundane or disingenuous. For this reason, social justice activism and education are in danger of undermining the needs and opportunities to more effectively convey what has been called «difficult knowledge». This book highlights emergent examples of psychic and relational healing.
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Aaron David Gresson III is Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University. Trained in both sociology and psychology, he is the author of several books including The Recovery of Race in America and The Dialectics of Betrayal: Sacrifice, Violation, and the Oppressed. He previously taught at Brandeis, Colby, Brown, Hershey Medical School, and the State University of New York. Gresson is currently a psychotherapist in Baltimore and teaches at Morgan State University.

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