The Concept of Self
A Study of Black Identity and Self-Esteem
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Series: African American Life Series
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The Concept of Self: A Study of Black Identity and Self-Esteem explores the many and varied issues leading to and manifesting themselves in the African American's dynamic sense of self. The book examines critical issues influencing the black self-concept through an analysis of two important and...
Part I: The Black Self: Trends, Influences, and Effects
1. The Context of the Issues: Historical Events and Considerations
This chapter provides the groundwork for the examination of a number of issues and problems concerning the self-concept of Africans, with an emphasis on those born in the United States. It presents a historical context for the proffered research questions...
2. Conceptualization and Presentation of the Self-Concept
The previous chapter framed the issues in terms of conflicting forces warring for dominance. On the one hand, there are the powerful and enduring forces that have systematically worked to place African Americans in inferior positions and to present them as inferior beings...
Part II: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations of the Black Self
3. Some Issues, Questions, and Problems Surrounding the Black Self-Concept: Self-Esteem
This chapter builds on the two previous ones by using the insights obtained to explore the various conceptual and methodological issues pertaining to the frequently explored concept of self-esteem. Here, I provide an overview of some of the major conceptions...
4. Some Issues, Questions, and Problems Surrounding the Black Self-Concept: Group Identity
I have provided support for the position that, collectively, African Americans have a positive sense of self-worth. This condition is essentially the same across different age groups, and, for the most part, the same for males and females. The exception...
5. What Identity Is Worth: The Interrelationship Explored
During this research journey, I have provided the historical foundation for the interest in the concept of self among African Americans along with the dominant themes in the research literature that have tried to address the many issues growing out of that interest...
Part III: Theory Construction
6. Another Look From Another Angle: A Move Toward Theory
In this chapter, I formulate a tentative theory, one that is informed by past theorizing and the insights garnered from past research, and by some of the contemporary perspectives that have been formulated to explain the self-concept of African...
7. Epilogue: The African Self From the Past, Revelations in the Present, and a Foreshadowing of the Future
The questions that have informed this inquiry pertain to the effects of systematic and continuous aggressive acts against Africans in the United States on the self-concept. With uncanny consistency, African Americans have been projected in an unfavorable...