By Tasha S. Philpot, Ismail K. White
Decades of analysis in either political technology and psychology have confirmed that exterior, environmental elements impression contributors’ psychological methods, specifically as they relate to politics. Inasmuch as such components fluctuate systematically throughout racial and ethnic teams, the political psychology of those teams warrants research, as a result, the target of this volume. we now have assembled a few papers from either psychologists and political scientists that allows you to mix either disciplines’ knowing of the mental underpinnings of Blacks’ orientation to the political world. Our target is to take classes discovered from past examine and comprise them into new theories and make the most of new facts resources on the way to create a unified research of Black political psychology.
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Additional info for African-American Political Psychology: Identity, Opinion, and Action in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Therefore, the focus of this chapter is on the nature, scope, and significance of the knowledge about the African-American political mind and behavior. As we proceed, we address several questions. First, does such knowledge even exist? Secondly, if it exists, is such knowledge collective, individualistic, or some combination of both? Thirdly, is this extant knowledge disparate, cumulative, and reliable? And finally, what are the other strengths and weaknesses of this knowledge? Put differently, at this moment in time, what is the current state of affairs in the study of African-American political psychology?
Data and Methods Our goal is to uncover the overlap between political science, psychology, and Black politics. In particular, we are interested in whether Black politics permeates Black psychology at a greater rate than mainstream political science permeates psychology. To this end, a content analysis was conducted using online databases; JSTOR was used for the American Political Science Review (APSR), PsychARTICLES (EBSCO) was used for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology ( JPSP) and Sage Journals Online was used for the Journal of Black Psychology ( JBP).
In this work, they not only quote and constantly rely upon the Wilson book (Matthews and Prothro 1966, 12n, 8, 176n, 335–6, 9, 63), but even after their empirical work demonstrates otherwise, they conclude that “in order to increase the amount of Negro participation in southern politics, Negro attitudes and cognitions must be altered. This is a far more difficult and time-consuming task than altering the formal political system or social structure . . [C]hange in the Negroes’ objective status may not quickly change the psychological characteristics instilled by decades of subordination” (Matthews and Prothro 1966, 312).