Black Male Violence in Perspective: Toward Afrocentric Intervention

P. Tony Jackson (Author) Wade W. Nobles (Foreword by)


Black Male Violence in Perspective: Towards Afrocentric Intervention represents a synthesis of lived experience, authoritative research, and Afro-centric perspective on one of the most controversial topics of our day. It examines violence by and among Black men, as it is inextricably tied to its context; the history of violence in America including colonialism, expansionism, and concepts of manifest destiny. Acknowledging important concepts like Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" and Joy DeGruy-Leary's "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome," and chronicling the devastating and injurious effects of racism, the text moves in a clinical direction. It identifies and addresses the resulting dangerous triad of frustration, anger, and depression and how they come together clinically to impact young Black men resulting in violent outcomes. It explores the psychology underlying violent behavior, delving into the socioeconomic realities that are very much a part of the landscape of violence in America. Tony Jackson utilizes cases from his career as a therapist as well as examples from actual life experience to illustrate challenging concepts. More importantly, Black Male Violence in Perspective proposes a theory of intervention and treatment with a discussion on quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Product Details

Lexington Books
Publish Date
November 15, 2016
5.0 X 0.4 X 9.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

P. Tony Jackson is a clinical psychologist and professor at Skyline College.


In this much-needed monograph, Tony Jackson explores the underlying causes of and presents a scientifically based plan of intervention for stemming the violence occurring between and among young black men. It is vital that we as concerned citizens know and understand as much as possible about the complex issues related to this subject. It is not enough to shake our collective heads and despair; we must first educate ourselves and then find ways to help alleviate the situation. Step one, read this book!--Terrence Roberts, Terrence Roberts Consulting
This is a remarkable book. Through personal experiences and insights, and drawing on the scientific literature, Dr. Jackson weaves a narrative that is both compelling and informative and thus gives voice to the frustration, anger, rage, and suffering of the Black male. It is a most important account of the Black male experience with violence that makes us think differently of the causes and impact of violence in the Black community. This is a must-read for all human service providers, law enforcement personnel, school personnel, mental health service providers, and anyone who works with African American males--Lawford L. Goddard, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life & Culture, Inc.
This is a powerfully raw and intellectually provocative piece; embodying the contemporary civil rights synergy! As an African American female scholar-practitioner, advocate, and mother of sons, I applaud Dr. Jackson's clarity and voice in conveying complex ideas in real life language. This is an essential read for community leaders and families, as well as professionals with the common intention of facilitating and nurturing resiliency among Black males. Jackson keenly denotes how exposure to violence should be considered a health epidemic; it is much more than a social determinant. When considering the lived experiences of males of African ancestry, he astutely answers the question of what happened to you versus what is wrong with you. The concept of the Three-Headed Dragon brilliantly illuminates the residuals of complex trauma, specifically historical trauma, and directs us toward culturally-congruent interventions that promote posttraumatic growth. Most impressive, I salute the courageous authenticity in which Tony shares the 'gift' of his story as the story of many, including professionals of color. However, this transformative gift is not reading for the light of heart as much as for the strong of spirit.--Theopia Jackson, Saybrook University
An accomplished clinical psychologist and professor at Skyline College, P. Tony Jackson provides readers with an understanding of the causal mechanism of black male violence and presents research findings that provide evidence for the promise of using Afrocentric models to address the issue of violence among young black men. Jackson describes the historical context of violence within the black community among largely black young men, and how American society historically has nurtured the violence both suffered and committed by black men, while at the same time openly condemning the very violence it has created. . . .[T]his book is excellent for anyone serious about gaining an in-depth understanding of the issue of black male violence. Social workers can benefit from this book in terms of understanding the problem of blackon- black violence among young black males in an effort to find pragmatic solutions.--The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare