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BERTHA GARRETT HOLLIDAY & ANGELA L. HOLMES

In: Handbook of Racial & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Chapter 2: A Tale of Challenge and Change: A History and Chronology of Ethnic Minorities in Psychology in the United States

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A Tale of Challenge and Change: A History and Chronology of Ethnic Minorities in Psychology in the United States
A tale of challenge and change: A history and chronology of ethnic minorities in psychology in the united states

The history of ethnic minority psychology in the United States is characterized by four major themes:

  • the promulgation of theories and data that were used by psychologists and others to support notions of scientific racism—especially as these relate to the legitimacy of White advantage/superiority and the inferiority, exploitation, discrimination, and dispossession of U.S. peoples of color;
  • the critique and challenge of psychological theories and interventions that support stereotypic notions of the negative and deficit individual psychological characteristics and behaviors of ethnic minority peoples, as well as nonprogressive social ...

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