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America's Atonement

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

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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 at The Pennsylvania State University, where he taught education, human development, communications, and Africana studies. He previously taught at Brandeis, Colby, Brown, Hershey Medical School, and the State University of New York. His books include Race and Education Primer (2008), The Recovery of Race in America (1995), Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined (edited with Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg, 1996), Black Amnesia (1990), and The Dialectics of Betrayal: Sacrifice, Violation, and the Oppressed (1982). A licensed psychologist, Gresson currently resides in Maryland where he maintains a community mental health practice and teaches in the graduate Sociology program at Morgan State University.← 277 | 278 →

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