Black Psychology: The Imposition of a Cultural Perspective

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 149–150. Reviews the book, Black Psychology (3rd ed.) edited by Reginald L. Jones (1991). The themes published in this volume and in its several predecessors take their proper place in juxtaposition to the growing database of our discipline. The subject matter seems to engage us in ways that are antithetical to a search for the unity in our diversity–or a healthy respect for our differences. Curricular transformation, however, requires a Cartesian-like rethinking of fundamental assumptions about knowledge and its authority. There is not a unity of viewpoints in this volume. The many chapters collectively point toward a developing Afrocentric perspective as a means of broadening our understanding of behavior–especially the behavior of Blacks. True to its editor's intent, Black Psychology should be a productive resource for advanced students and professionals interested in a multicultural emphasis in curriculum and research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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