Black psychology

Resistance, reclamation, and redefinition

Authored by: Garth Stevens

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182


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This chapter traces the historical emergence and development of Black psychology as an alternative intellectual and applied tradition in the United States of America, and its attempts to offer a critical rendering of a psychology of blackness that acts as a counterpoint to a mainstream, Western white psychology. In so doing, the chapter highlights the historical, cultural, and material conditions involving the systematic marginalization of African Americans as a primary impetus for the development of Black psychology; explores the cultural and philosophical elements that have formed the foundational tenets of Black psychology; describes some of the manifest outcomes and influences of Black psychology on psychology as a discipline; examines some of the resonances with other black psychologies internationally; and concludes with a reflective critique of the strengths and limitations of Black psychology, especially in an era of transnationalism and globalization, in which cosmopolitanism and the increased marginalization and exploitation of minorities ironically coexist.

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