The Psychology of Inequity
Motivation and Beliefs
by Jean Lau Chin, Yolanda E. Garcia, and Arthur W. Blume, Editors
June 2022, 247pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7798-8
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the physical and mental challenges of global inequity and the need for immediate responses to promote racial equity.

Inequities still exist in today's society, and this book advances awareness, an equitable mindset, and transformative change toward the goal of eliminating inequities and promoting inclusiveness and social justice.

Racialized inequity is injustice or unfairness and exists when prejudice or discrimination based on any aspect of difference precludes access of certain groups to the resources and benefits of society. This volume takes a new look at the psychology of inequity today. Have we progressed or regressed since the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s?

Through an examination of the motivations and beliefs behind inequities and injustices, this text aims to answer this question and any others that a scholar or general reader interested in social inequities and multiculturalism may have. Chapters address the motives that sustain inequity and reflect on the beliefs and behaviors linked to implicit responses to threats of change and loss of privilege posed by the inclusion of “others.”


  • Includes cutting-edge scholarship addressing racial inequities
  • Provides contemporary examples of racial inequity viewed through new psychological lenses
  • Reviews the intersection of racial, economic, and mental health inequity among BIPOC citizens
  • Addresses contemporary expressions of privilege and their relationships to social inequities
  • Introduces transformational approaches to improving education and health care
Jean Lau Chin, PhD, professor and former dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in New York, was a highly revered Asian American psychologist who published extensively in the area of diversity in leadership, multicultural psychology, and feminist psychology. She was honored with many prestigious awards over the course of her career, including the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Asian American Psychological Association. Chin was lost to the inequities of COVID-19 before this volume was published and is sorely missed.

Yolanda E. Garcia, PhD, is associate professor and doctoral training director in the Counseling/School Psychology PhD program in the Department of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University. She is president of the American Psychological Association's Division 45—Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (2021); a past president of the National Latinx Psychological Association (2017); and a past president of the Arizona Psychological Association (2007).

Arthur W. Blume, PhD, is professor of psychology at Washington State University Vancouver. He has been honored with the Trimble and Horvat Award for Distinguished Contributions to Native and Indigenous Psychology and a Rockefeller Foundation Academic Writing Fellowship. Blume is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and was a past president of its Division 45—Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race and of the Society of Indian Psychologists.

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