Psychology without Caucasians.

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  • Author(s): Teo, Thomas. York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, Teo, Thomas. York University, Toronto, ON, Canada,
  • Source:
    Canadian Psychology, Vol 50(2), May, 2009. pp. 91-97.
  • Publisher:
    US : Educational Publishing Foundation
  • Language:
    English
  • Document Type:
    Journal Article
  • Publication Type:
    Journal; Peer Reviewed Journal
  • Additional Information
    • Address:
      Teo, Thomas, Department of Psychology, History and Theory of Psychology, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3, tteo@yorku.ca
    • Source:
      Can Psychol
    • Source:
      Canadian Psychological Review/Psychologie canadienne; Canadian Psychologist/Psychologie canadienne; The Canadian Psychologist
    • Other Publishers:
      Canada : Canadian Psychological Association
    • ISSN:
      0708-5591 (Print)
      1878-7304 (Electronic)
    • Keywords:
      race, racism, conceptual clarity, history, theory
    • Abstract:
      Based on historical, theoretical, and empirical reflections, it is argued that the Caucasian theory and term are obsolete in psychology. Discussing the historical origins of the term in Johann Friedrich Blumenbach's writings and the key elements to his theory, it is shown that his theory has found no corroboration and has been falsified through scientific research. Discussing current theories of the origin of humanity in Africa, the original skin colour, and the issue of degeneration, it is argued that the end of the Caucasian term in the discipline of psychology is not about political but scientific correctness. The reception of the term in different cultural contexts is reconstructed. The idea that Caucasian refers to a specific group and has no theoretical but purely descriptive meanings is rejected, as is the idea that a common sense term is a justification for scientific concepts. Suggestions for a more adequate terminology when referring to human groups are provided. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
    • Abstract:
      En s’appuyant sur des réflexions historiques, théoriques et empiriques, nous avançons que la théorie caucasienne ainsi que le terme sont désuets en psychologie. En discutant des origines historiques du terme dans les écrits de Johann Friedrich Blumenbach et des éléments clés de sa théorie, il est démontré que sa théorie n’est pas appuyée et a été falsifiée au fil de la recherche scientifique. En discutant des théories actuelles des origines de l’humanité en Afrique, de la couleur de la peau originale et de la question de dégénération, il est avancé que l’abandon du terme caucasien en psychologie naît d’un souci de conformité scientifique et non politique. L’acceptation du terme dans différents contextes culturels est reconstruite. L’idée que Caucase puisse référer à un groupe spécifique sans avoir de signification théorique mais plutôt descriptive est rejetée, tout comme l’idée selon laquelle un terme issu du sens commun constitue un concept scientifique. Des suggestions visant une terminologie plus adéquate pour référer à des groupes humains sont proposées. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
    • Subject Terms:
    • PsycINFO Classification:
      History & Systems (2140)
    • Population:
      Human
    • Physical Description:
      Electronic
    • Publication Date:
      Accepted: Oct 2, 2008; Revised: Oct 2, 2008; First Submitted: Jun 18, 2008
    • Publication Date:
      20090518
    • Copyright:
      Canadian Psychological Association. 2009
    • Accession Number:
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0014393
    • Accession Number:
      cap-50-2-91
    • Accession Number:
      2009-07100-013
    • Number of Citations in Source:
      55
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TEO, T. Psychology without Caucasians. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, [s. l.], v. 50, n. 2, p. 91–97, 2009. DOI 10.1037/a0014393. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=pdh&AN=2009-07100-013. Acesso em: 24 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Teo T. Psychology without Caucasians. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. 2009;50(2):91-97. doi:10.1037/a0014393
    • APA:
      Teo, T. (2009). Psychology without Caucasians. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 50(2), 91–97. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0014393
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Teo, Thomas. 2009. “Psychology without Caucasians.” Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne 50 (2): 91–97. doi:10.1037/a0014393.
    • Harvard:
      Teo, T. (2009) ‘Psychology without Caucasians’, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 50(2), pp. 91–97. doi: 10.1037/a0014393.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Teo, T 2009, ‘Psychology without Caucasians’, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 91–97, viewed 24 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Teo, Thomas. “Psychology without Caucasians.” Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, vol. 50, no. 2, May 2009, pp. 91–97. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1037/a0014393.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Teo, Thomas. “Psychology without Caucasians.” Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne 50, no. 2 (May 2009): 91–97. doi:10.1037/a0014393.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Teo T. Psychology without Caucasians. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne [Internet]. 2009 May [cited 2020 Oct 24];50(2):91–7. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=pdh&AN=2009-07100-013