The Social Psychology Approach to Racism Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Social Psychology Approach to Racism
An examination of the social-psychological approaches to racism.
# 35452 | 2,400 words | 19 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 03, 2003 in Psychology (Social) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Sociology (General)

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This paper compares and contrasts the conventional and critical approaches to social psychology in order to explain the concept and foundation of racial issues. The paper shows how the "conventional" approach is limited because it excludes analysis of the causes of racism, it makes use of only one isolated channel of communication and it utilizes ineffective educational methods. The paper then explores critical social theory and how it helps identify the concept behind the problem and allows the education of society to solve the problem.

Purpose of the Paper
Racism and Race
Conventional Approach to Race
Critical Approach to Race

From the Paper:

"Race signifies a biological category. Language and religion are cultural concepts and therefore, on their basis race, which is a physiological concept, cannot be accurately defined. By race anthropologists understand a group of individuals who possess common hereditary traits which separate them from other groups. Race is a group of individuals who share in common certain observable physiological traits transmissible by biological category. MacIver observes that race refers to human stocks that are genetically distinguishable. Berry summarizes the biological concept of race.
"The term race used by most biological scientists refers to a set of categories rather than to discrete, invariable entities. Races are not so much real things which man has discovered as they are pigeonholes which man has constructed. These categories, to be sure, are based upon clusters of hereditary and physical characteristics. The criteria upon which racial classification is based are non-adoptive, physical, secondary and have little survival value. Certain societies however, come to attach a greater social significance to these biological details." ( Brenton, Berry; Race and Ethnic Relations: 2nd edition. Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1958)"

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