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2nd Edition

Race, Racism and Psychology
Towards a Reflexive History

ISBN 9780415561426
Published January 10, 2012 by Routledge
536 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which Psychology has engaged with 'race' and racism issues since the late 19th century. It emphasizes the complexities and convolutions of the story and attempts to elucidate the subtleties and occasional paradoxes that have arisen as a result.

This new edition updates the research contained in the first edition and includes brand new chapters. These additional chapters draw attention to the importance of the South African Black Consciousness movement and ‘Post-colonial’ Psychology,  explore recent additional historical research on the fears of ‘hybridisation’, contain new material on French colonial psychiatry, and discuss the awkward status of virtually all the language and terms currently used for discussion of the topic.

This important and controversial book has proved to be a vital text, both as a point of departure for more in-depth inquiries, and also as an essential reference tool.The additional up-to-date material included in this new edition makes the book an even more valuable resource to those working in and studying psychology, and also for anyone concerned with the ‘race’ issue either professionally or personally.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Pre-evolutionary Background and the Roots of Scientific Racism  2. Psychology and ‘Scientific Racism’ 1860–1910  3. An Imperial Interlude: The Cambridge Torres Straits Expedition and its Aftermath  4. ‘Race’ in US Psychology to 1945: I. The Rise and Nature of ‘Race Psychology’  5. ‘Race’ in US Psychology to 1945: II. The rise of anti-racism  6. ‘Race’ in European Psychology to 1940: I. Primitive Minds and Aryan Supermen  7. ‘Race’ in European Psychology to 1940: II. Its Presence and Absence in British Psychology  8. 'Race' in British Psychology 1945-c. 1970: A Brief Note 9. Racism at Bay: Psychology and ‘race’ 1945–69  10. Race and IQ 1969–2010: Still An Undead Controversy? 11. A Changed Landscape 12. Liberation Psychology 13. Historiographical Updates and New Thoughts 14. Resumé

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Graham Richards, now retired, was formerly Director of the British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre and Professor of History of Psychology at Staffordshire University. His previous publications include Psychology: The Key Concepts (2008), ‘Race’, Racism and Psychology: Towards a Reflexive History (1997), Putting Psychology in Its Place: Critical Historical Perspectives (2010, 3rd edition) and On Psychological Language (1989), all published by Routledge


"The first edition of Race, Racism, and Psychology was highly respected and widely cited. Richards' unique synthesis of careful historiography and evaluative commentary is continued in this new edition, and it will remain one of the most important books on the history of scientific racism.' - Andrew S. Winston, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada

"This text represents a rigorous and fascinating overview of the multiple historical intersections of racism and psychology. The author demonstrates both an astute critical resolve, and remarkable even-handedness in his analysis. Unrivalled both in the breadth of its research and the considered detail it affords key characters, locations and events, the book is an invaluable source for anyone with an interest in the discipline." – Derek Hook, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College London, UK