Toward a Social Psychology of Race and Race Relations for the Twenty-First Century

Posted: 6 Jan 2016

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Jennifer Richeson

Yale University - Department of Psychology

Samuel R. Sommers

Tufts University - Department of Psychology

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

The United States, like many nations, continues to experience rapid growth in its racial minority population and is projected to attain so-called majority-minority status by 2050. Along with these demographic changes, staggering racial disparities persist in health, wealth, and overall well-being. In this article, we review the social psychological literature on race and race relations, beginning with the seemingly simple question: What is race? Drawing on research from different fields, we forward a model of race as dynamic, malleable, and socially constructed, shifting across time, place, perceiver, and target. We then use classic theoretical perspectives on intergroup relations to frame and then consider new questions regarding contemporary racial dynamics. We next consider research on racial diversity, focusing on its effects during interpersonal encounters and for groups. We close by highlighting emerging topics that should top the research agenda for the social psychology of race and race relations in the twenty-first century.

Suggested Citation

Richeson, Jennifer and Sommers, Samuel R., Toward a Social Psychology of Race and Race Relations for the Twenty-First Century (January 2016). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 67, pp. 439-463, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2711681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-010213-115115

Jennifer Richeson (Contact Author)

Yale University - Department of Psychology ( email )

P.O. Box 208205
New Haven, CT 06520-8205
United States

HOME PAGE: http://psychology.yale.edu/people/jennifer-richeson

Samuel R. Sommers

Tufts University - Department of Psychology ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

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