ERIC Number: ED127392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
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Conceptual and Strategic Issues in the Relationship of Black Psychology to American Social Science.
Jones, James M.
The question addressed in this paper is that of the stance that black psychology should adopt in relation to social issues. This question is relevant to critical issues such as the political policy setting nature of social sciences, the economics of funding necessary to conduct the research that might have policy implications, and the conceptual and methodological structure of social science research. There are three general stances that are suggested for black psychology vis-a-vis social science. These are: political neutralizer and advocate, exemplary practitioner, and pioneering leader. Each of these three possible roles can be elaborated and clarified by juxtaposition with the view that social science in America is primarily a cultural phenomenon developed and guided by a community of people who share in the same cultural beliefs. In the first half of the paper, an attempt is made to show how focused social science research has been with respect to a certain set of cultural principles. The second half discusses some ways in which issues, questions and strategies from the perspective of Black Psychology can be conceived that have as their pioneering change in popular conceptions of black people specifically, and human beings more generally. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Black Attitudes, Black Culture, Black Influences, Black Organizations, Change Strategies, Concept Formation, Definitions, Minority Group Influences, Policy Formation, Professional Occupations, Psychologists, Public Policy, Role Conflict, Role Models, Social Action, Social Change, Social Influences, Social Problems, Social Sciences, Social Structure
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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