Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Race Psychology

  • Pratyusha Tummala-Narra
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_544


In late nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth century, the Eugenics movement, deeply seated within a paradigm of Social Darwinism, attempted to alter human hereditary traits and promoted racialized science and social policy in parts of Europe and the United States. After Eugenics was largely abandoned after World War II, as psychologists and other scientists recognized this movement as a human rights violation, the psychology of “race” expanded into the study of “race” and “racial” differences in multiple contexts. Race psychology has been an area of study for several distinct disciplines of psychology (e.g., social, personality, cognitive, community, feminist, multicultural, critical, counseling, and clinical). Race psychology has both perpetuated and challenged stereotypes and racism, through its focus on “racial” differences across various areas of human life, including cognition and personality (Durrheim, Hook, & Riggs, 2009). Ongoing debates concerning...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lynch School of Education Counseling, Developmental and Educational PsychologyBoston CollegeBostonUSA