Even the Rat Was White: A Historical View of Psychology

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This book is an updated version of the classic, Even The Rat Was White. This new edition continues the thrust of the first edition in presenting, documenting, and analyzing vignettes about human beings from a minority perspective. Even The Rat Was White views history from all perspectives in the quest for historical accuracy. Histories and other background materials are presented in detail concerning early Black American psychologists and their scientific contributions, as well as their problems, views, and concerns of the field of psychology. Archival documents that are not often found in mainstream resources are uncovered through the use of journals and magazines, such as the Journal of Black Psychology, the Journal of Negro Education, and Crisis. The text is divided into two parts. Part I, "Psychology and Racial Differences," expands and updates historical materials that helped form racial stereotypes and negative views towards Black Americans. Part II, "Psychology and Psychologists," is updated with specifics of what and how psychology was taught in the pre-1970 Black colleges, and brings forward the contributions of Black psychologists. Part III, "Conclusion," discusses the implication of the previous chapters and the impact of new historical information on the field of psychology.

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Key Benefit:When the first edition of this book was published twenty years ago, it broke new ground. The psychological community was beginning to address the question of racial and other biases in psychological theories, research, and testing. But the controversial publication of The Bell Curve in 1995 showed that progress has been slow. Robert Guthrie's enlightened discussion is still much needed today. In fact, diversity in psychology is the theme of this year's American Psychology Association (APA) convention to be held in Chicago in mid-August. Key Topics: Robert Guthrie's enlightened discussion on racial considerations and Euro-American attitudes is still much needed today. This controversial book brings to light some of the more bizarre turns the study of human differences has taken. Studies which supported Black inferiority were immediately accepted while studies which questioned white superiority and demonstrated cultural bias in methodologies were pushed aside. You'll find: how European explorers and slave ship captains viewed the Africans they met, and how these attitudes influenced European and American ideas for centuries; why the concerns of psychologists who questioned biased research were ignored; how racist psychological arguments were used to show why desegregation wouldn't work; the hardships faced by minority psychologists and their often-overlooked contributions to the field. Market: This book belongs on the shelves of all new and practicing psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists.

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Guthrie, Robert V.
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