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Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Critical by Amina Mama

By Amina Mama

Psychology has had a few issues to claim approximately black and colored humans, none of them beneficial, and such a lot of that have strengthened stereotyped and derogatory photos. past the mask is a readable account of black psychology, exploring key theoretical matters in race and gender. In it, Amina Mama examines the background of racist psychology, and of the implicit racism during the self-discipline. past the mask additionally bargains an incredible theoretical standpoint, and should entice all these concerned with ethnic minorities, gender politics and questions of identification.

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Enslaving the soul of the Other 23 Numerous dissections were performed on the bodies of Africans, in order to draw comparisons between black people and apes, between criminals and ‘lower races’ and the mentally subnormal. 6 Negro inferiority was obsessively asserted again and again, with all the weight of the new scientific measurements and calibrations, with all the diagnostic powers of psychiatrists and doctors specialising in the pathologies that were said to blight the Negro. Given that statistics were just coming into vogue as a new means of ascertaining the truth, the new techniques were deployed to demonstrate scientifically the pathological inferiority of black people.

Madness now became linked to ‘evolutionary complexity’ rather than degeneracy, and mental illness was re-theorised as an unavoid-able result of the stresses of being civilised, as a by-product of the greater sensitivity and creativity of the white race. In a re-hash of noble savage ideas, black people’s brains were now said to be too simple and retarded to be affected, and their apparent lack of insanity was taken as being further evidence of mental inferiority. The new statistical methods were unashamedly deployed to bolster the anti-abolitionist cause.

43 44 Beyond the Masks Until the 1920s, psychological research had been the exclusive preserve of white academics, with black people as their objects of study. D. in psychology. Subsequently, he supported Kenneth and Mamie clark’s research on ‘Negro identity’ during the 1930s and 1940s. By the 1950s there were still only fifty black Americans with doctorates in psychology, and although there has been a steady increase since the 1960s, black people are still grossly underrepresented in the discipline.

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