The African American Experience: Psychoanalytic Perspectives edited by Salman Akhtar brings together the contributions of distinguished mental health professionals and scholars of humanities to offer a multifaceted perspective on the transgenerational trauma of slavery, the hardship of single parent families, the ruthlessness of anti-black racism, and the crushing burden of poverty and social disenfranchisement on the African American individual. The book also sheds light on the resilience of spirit, the dignity of perseverance, and the glow of talent that is widespread in this group. It contains penetrating and informative biographical essays on Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Mohammad Ali, Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey. Such discourse on human greatness is balanced by the considerations of daily joy and anguish on clinical and societal levels. This wide-ranging and nuanced volume on the history, culture, and psychosocial struggles of African American people fills an important gap in the literature on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Jason Aronson, Inc.; June 2012
- ISBN: 9780765708373
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- Title: The African American Experience
- Author: Salman Akhtar (ed.); Salman Akhtar (contrib.); Jan Wright (contrib.); Shawn Blue (contrib.); Bonovitz, Jennifer, (contrib.); David Campbell (contrib.); Christin Drake (contrib.); Forrest Hamer (contrib.); Dorothy Holmes (contrib.); Leary, Kimberlyn, Ph.D (contrib.); Carlotta Miles (contrib.); LaShawnDa Pittman (contrib.); Dionne Powell (contrib.); Cheryl Thompson (contrib.); Clarence Watson (contrib.); Glenda Wrenn (contrib.); Samuel Wyche (contrib.)
Imprint: Jason Aronson, Inc.
In The Press
Covering generations of African American development, Salman Akhtar’s book is not only a must read, but a compelling introduction to history during slavery up through the days of Obama. It reinforces the fact that the issue of race is a complicated one and we are yet to be defined as a post-racial community. The book is a persuasive read for all.
About The Author
Salman Akhtar, MD, is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, PA.