Social Issues in Living Color
Challenges and Solutions from the Perspective of Ethnic Minority Psychology [3 volumes]
by Arthur W. Blume, Editor
February 2017, 1054pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3336-6
$280, £216, 244€, A384
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Many social problems—such as racism and climate change—require behavior change, which means that psychological principles are key to finding solutions.

Offering fresh and exciting approaches to solving global problems, this book creatively views challenging social issues through the lens of racial and ethnic psychology.

As the demographic makeup of the American population continues to evolve, understanding and addressing the psychological needs of ethnic minorities in the United States becomes more important to the overall health and well-being of society. This three-volume set is the first publication to explicitly tackle social issues from the perspective of racial and ethnic psychology. It uniquely presents racial and ethnic psychological perspectives on topics such as media, criminal justice, racism, climate change, gender bias, and health and mental health disparities.

Volume one introduces readers to the basic scientific concepts of racial and ethnic minority psychology and then examines the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. It also addresses how race and ethnicity affect communication styles, leadership styles, and media. The second volume discusses the experiences of individuals within racial and ethnic minorities, including overt racism, covert racism, and colonialism, and addresses how ethnic minority psychology plays a role in our educational system, poverty, global climate change, and sustainability. The third volume covers ethics in health and research, considers the causes of health and mental health disparities, and identifies diversity initiatives that can improve the health and well-being of all citizens, not just racial and ethnic minority citizens.


  • Utilizes concepts of racial and ethnic minority psychology to address important issues of the 21st century, offering unique insights into the nature of today's real-world problems
  • Presents racial and ethnic psychological perspectives on topics such as media, the criminal justice system, sexual orientation, poverty, climate change, and sustainability
  • Provides much-needed alternative perspectives on human behavior other than the theories, systems, and practices that are largely derived from Anglo-American research using white subjects
Arthur W. Blume is professor of psychology at Washington State University, a Native American psychologist, and president of the Society of Indian Psychologists. He has published extensively in the areas of multicultural psychology and addictive behaviors, and has extensive experience investigating racial and ethnic minority populations as a researcher. Blume has been honored with an appointment as President's Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Alaska Native Health Research. He has served on numerous federal panels reviewing ethnic and racial minority-oriented proposals, as associate editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, as associate editor of the international journal Addictive Behaviors, and as a member of the American Psychological Association's national work group on health disparities in boys and men. Blume was recently highlighted by the American Psychological Association as its featured psychologist in November 2015.


"Undergraduates and well-informed general readers of psychology will be stimulated by the content and engaging style of this balanced, optimistic, and thought-provoking resource."—Library Journal, Starred Review, June 1, 2017
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