A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans: Creating Knowledge of a Racial Minority [NOOK Book]

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Focusing on race, culture, acculturation, ethnicity, and ethnic identity-concepts commonly used to account for the behaviors of Asian Americans and other minorities-A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans examines the effects of modern psychology's epistemological and ontological premises on its investigative methods and concepts. Author Laura Uba looks at the social creation of psychological facts, including portrayals of ethnic and racial groups, and demonstrates, especially in ways pertinent to the study of...
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A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans: Creating Knowledge of a Racial Minority

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Focusing on race, culture, acculturation, ethnicity, and ethnic identity-concepts commonly used to account for the behaviors of Asian Americans and other minorities-A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans examines the effects of modern psychology's epistemological and ontological premises on its investigative methods and concepts. Author Laura Uba looks at the social creation of psychological facts, including portrayals of ethnic and racial groups, and demonstrates, especially in ways pertinent to the study of minorities, that modern psychology needs to reconsider its ways of thinking about study samples, investigative methods, facts, and concepts used to describe and explain behaviors.
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...probes researchers' power to create and limit reality and provides moving narratives illustrating the knowledge obtained by hearing the voices, and perspectives, of study participants themselves. Uba's arguments are compelling.— CHOICE

"Laura Uba writes with a grace and passion that engages the reader in a way that challenges our existing paradigms of understanding knowledge as it pertains to Asian Americans. She convincingly describes how the Enlightenment view of science was born in a context of viewing Euro-Americans as 'normal' and ethnic minority groups as 'other,' and how this attitudinal perspective has shaped scientific method and theory of 'other.' Uba offers numerous examples that help explain complex constructs."— Christine J. Yeh, Teachers College, Columbia University

"This book is very significant and may lead to the development of new methods and areas of study for Asian Americans."— Gayle Y. Iwamasa, University of Indianapolis"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791489079
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 467 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Uba is a lecturer at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Asian Americans: Personality Patterns, Identity, and Mental Health and coauthor, with Karen Huang, of Psychology.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Ch. 1 Modernist Epistemology 1
Ch. 2 Postmodernism 23
Ch. 3 Privileged Methodological Texts and Narratives 49
Ch. 4 Constructions of Race and Culture 73
Ch. 5 Acculturation and Assimilation 95
Ch. 6 Ethnicity and Identity 113
Ch. 7 Conclusion 137
App. A Traditional Types of Psychological Studies 151
App. B Deconstructing in the Classroom 155
Notes 157
References 169
Name Index 191
Subject Index 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    Complete eye opener

    Uba does a good job at exposing Modernism flaws in developing accurate research of Asian Americans. This book is loaded with insight on such a broad and complex issue as Postmodernity. She goes into dialectic discourse to show that empiricism and the Scientific method are, actually, not value neutral and objective. As a principle, power works through knowledge indirectly, which was used to exploit many throughout history. The attitude of epistemic priveldge over others was incarnated by the birth child of the enlightenment period, nameley, modernity. This book is a great resource for both Modern and Postmodern proponents alike.

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