On the Integration of African and American Cultural Perspectives

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Abstract

Reviews the book, African American Psychology: From Africa to America by Faye Z. Belgrave and Kevin W. Allison (see record 2006-12537-000). This book does a truly exceptional job of presenting the material in a way that undergraduates can understand, and it also makes a good primer for graduate students and other scholars who need an introduction to the field of African American psychology. It is also an excellent reference book because it cites and discusses the major research and theories in the field. The book also firmly debunks many of the myths that have developed from (biological/genetic) inferiority and (cultural) deficit models that have been applied in the past, in addition to covering cutting-edge research and theory that better reflects the authentic experience of African Americans. These authors expertly weave together a discussion of the research and theory necessary to understand African Americans' attitudes, behaviors, emotions, and cognitions. This discussion includes (a) aspects of African culture and philosophy; (b) Africentric theory and research; (c) Eurocentric theory and research; (d) important demographic variables such as socioeconomic status, education, and so forth; and (e) variables and research from other social sciences, such as education, public health, history, and sociology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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