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Constructing Race and Deconstructing Racism: A Cultural Psychology Approach
Constructing race and deconstructing racism: A cultural psychology approach

Whether race is considered a biologically invariant quality of human beings or a socially constructed taxonomy of human kinds, it captures the human tendency to form hierarchies of human groups and to enforce them. Furthermore, whether race stands for human differences associated with skin color, socioeconomic status, geographical region, cultural attributes, or even ethnic qualities (e.g., Jews in Hitler's Germany), its role in society is a stratifying one, with characteristics (however defined) of those in power on top and those who are subordinate on the bottom. DuBois (1903) captured this hierarchical reality famously in his dictum, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color ...

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