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During the past 30 years, the study of racial and ethnic minority issues in psychology has evolved into what can now be considered a significant and rapidly growing field of study. This handbook presents a thorough, scholarly overview of the psychology of racial, ethnic, and minority issues in the United States. It covers the breadth of psychology viewed through the lens of the racial and ethnic minority experience. The stellar collection of contributing authors provide readers with a comprehensive work that focuses on the professional, methodological, social and developmental, clinical, and applied and preventive issues shaping the field today. Highlighting leading research and application in the area of ethnic minority psychology, the Handbook will help set the direction of scholarly work in the area for ...
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Psychological Study of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Introduction: The Psychological Study of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Never look for a psychological explanation unless every effort to find a cultural one has been exhausted.
—Margaret Mead (1959, p. 16), quoting William Fielding Ogburn, one of her mentors at Columbia University
In her quote, the esteemed anthropologist Margaret Mead referred to the “psychological” as innate, generic characteristics of the mind, whereas the “cultural” referred to the behavior that one learned in her or his culture. The quote was in reference to cultural anthropologist William Fielding Ogburn's approach to the study of humankind that, [Page 2]in the 1920s, was lacking any formative psychological theory that could explain humankind in a holistic manner; psychoanalysis was an exception as ...