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Macro Cultural PsychologyA Political Philosophy of Mind$
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Carl Ratner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373547.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Introduction
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(p.iii) Macro Cultural Psychology
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Carl Ratner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373547.003.0010

General principles of science are introduced as the framework for constructing macro cultural psychology as a scientific enterprise. Principles of macro cultural psychology are illustrated through the example of racial psychology during American Jim Crow. Emotions, perceptions, reasoning, and self-concept of whites are shown to be formulated within and objectified in a macro cultural factor, namely the racial code of honor. Psychology is socialized through this macro cultural factor. White racial psychology is shown to be political in supporting the socio-political system of racial oppression. The study of psychology is also demonstrated to be political. An example is the manner in which pharmaceutical companies channel psychological research about mental illness. Definitions of mental illness are also revealed to be political. Philosophical concepts regarding the ontology and epistemology of macro cultural psychology are introduced.

Keywords:   science, racial psychology, honor code, ontology, epistemology, Darwin, Einstein

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