International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 5 Num. 2 - July 2005


From Psychology of Race to Issue of Skin Color: Western Trivialization and Peoples of African Descent [De la Psicolog?a de la Raza al Color de la Piel: Trivializaci?n Occidental y Personas de Descendientes Africanos]

Volume 5 Num. 2 - July 2005 - Pages 125-134


Ronald E. Hall


In the aftermath of Western colonization is the trivialization of skin color as significant issue in the psychology of peoples of African descent. Although social scientists use race as a key factor in elucidating and understanding human social conditions, skin color and its impact on the social and psychological disposition of people of African descent have been understudied. Oblivious to the implications of skin color, their attempts to comprehend stereotypes, discrimination, and various behavioral and psychological phenomena are an exercise in futility. Given the declining significance of race and the increase in interracial unions, a new approach is warranted. Thus, if, in fact, Western psychologists are to understand and treat individuals of African descent, a perspective must be employed, which addresses the importance and significance of skin color in the lives of said people

Key words:

Psychology, race, people of color, skin color

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