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Title Psychological perspectives on human diversity in America / master lecturers, Linda Garnets .. [and others] ; edited by Jacqueline D. Goodchilds..

Publication Info. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [1991]


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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (192 pages) : illustrations.
Series Master lectures in psychology.
Master lectures.
Note Lectures presented at the 1990 APA Convention in Boston.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "For a close to unconscionably long time, much as we psychologists took the white rat as an apt exemplar for behavior, we took the white male college student as exemplar for human behavior. We acknowledge that perspective today as a limited one, but what to do about it? Let us hope this book will assist us all to move a bit toward a more inclusive view of individual and interpersonal human behavior. This volume undoubtedly represents a step or possibly leap forward, but lest we too loudly laud our accomplishment, some words of caution are in order. First, consider how we conceptualize perspective and diversity. In these pages the authors repeatedly remind us that race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are dimensions, not categories of human experience, requiring Cartesian rather than Aristotelian modes of thinking, if you will. Yet in science and in practice we easily and often forget and ignore that inconvenient but vital reality. Second, in the multidimensional space of human behavior, note that this book discusses four dimensions only. Why and how does it happen to be these and not others? An obvious answer is the limitations of time and space: There is room for at most five per theme. For this volume, it was necessary to break with custom and solicit a two-for-one arrangement, thus providing five contributors for four topics. The four topics were selected as major aspects of diversity about which psychology does have something to say and which affect members of our society in important ways. Yes, there are others of major impact in the here and now. Regarding the "now," we guiltlessly acknowledge that our discipline is generally ahistorical. As to the "here," there are among the many missing dimensions (e.g., physical appearance, forms of "impairment," chronological/biological age, regional and urban/rural differences) two in particular whose absence is a matter of some concern in this context: These are notably (a) religion/religiosity and (b) social class or, as we sometimes glibly term it, socioeconomic status. Psychologists quite appropriately include these topics in our purview, but they are largely and more thoroughly in the domain of our sister discipline of sociology. We thought of reaching across the sacrosanct disciplinary boundaries for a fifth chapter but did not ultimately do so. And finally and again about the "here" aspect, this volume reports the state of our science in reference to the American experience"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
Contents Psychological models of race : what have they been and what should they be? / James M. Jones -- Ethnicity and culture in psychological research and practice / Stanley Sue -- The mismeasure of woman : paradoxes and perspectives in the study of gender / Carol Tavris -- Lesbian and gay male dimensions in the psychological study of human diversity / Linda Garnets and Douglas Kimmel.
Note Description based on print version record.
GMD: electronic resource.
Subject Difference (Psychology)
Sex differences (Psychology)
Homosexuality -- Psychological aspects.
Race -- Psychological aspects.
Sex Characteristics.
Homosexuality -- psychology.
Racial Groups -- psychology.
Added Author Garnets, Linda.
Goodchilds, Jacqueline D. (Jacqueline Desire), 1926-
American Psychological Association. Annual Convention (1990 : Boston, Mass.)
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Other Form: Original.
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