Intended as supplemental reading in courses on theories of development, this book augments traditional core texts by providing students with more depth on about two dozen recent and emerging theories that have appeared over the past 20 years. This period has seen a decline of the traditional "grand" theories that attempt to apply to all people all the time in favor of "micro theories" that focus more on individual differences, so a book like this actually points the way toward the future rather than dryly reviewing the past. In addition, the author inspects the changing ways in which the concept of "theory" itself has been interpreted during this period, and he concludes with a chapter suggesting future directions.

Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic minorities

Among members of both the academic community and the general public, there continues to be marked disagreement about what the term ethnic minority means, or about what it should mean. Are ethnicity and race the same, or do the two deserve separate definitions? Is minority defined strictly in numbers, so that minority designates a group that comprises less than 50% of a population? Or does minority apply to any group that's numerically smaller than another group which is referred to as the majority? Or can a numerically dominant group still be deemed a minority if its members suffer social, political, or economic disadvantages?

In view of this lack of consensus, it's important to recognize at the outset how ethnic, racial, and minority are ...

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