A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans: Creating Knowledge of a Racial Minority

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SUNY Press, May 17, 2002 - Psychology - 202 pages
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Focusing on race, culture, acculturation, ethnicity, and ethnic identity—concepts commonly used to account for the behaviors of Asian Americans and other minorities—A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans examines the effects of modern psychology’s epistemological and ontological premises on its investigative methods and concepts. Author Laura Uba looks at the social creation of psychological facts, including portrayals of ethnic and racial groups, and demonstrates, especially in ways pertinent to the study of minorities, that modern psychology needs to reconsider its ways of thinking about study samples, investigative methods, facts, and concepts used to describe and explain behaviors.
 

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Contents

Modernist Epistemology
1
Postmodernism
23
Privileged Methodological Texts and Narratives
49
Constructions of Race and Culture
73
Acculturation and Assimilation
95
Ethnicity and Identity
113
Conclusion
137
Traditional Types of Psychological Studies
151
Deconstructing in the Classroom
155
Notes
157
References
169
Name Index
191
Subject Index
197
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Laura Uba is a lecturer at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Asian Americans: Personality Patterns, Identity, and Mental Health and coauthor, with Karen Huang, of Psychology.

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