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Psychology and Selfhood in the Segregated South

Anne C. Rose


In the American South at the turn of the twentieth century, the legal segregation of the races and psychological sciences focused on selfhood emerged simultaneously. The two developments presented conflicting views of human nature. American psychiatry and psychology were optimistic about personality growth guided by the new mental sciences. Segregation, in contrast, placed racial traits said to be natural and fixed at the forefront of identity. In a society built on racial differences, raising questions about human potential, as psychology did, was unsettling. As this book lays out, the introd ... More

Keywords: American South, legal segregation, selfhood, personality growth, mental sciences, identity, racial traits, southern custom, southern black intellectuals, psychological theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832813
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807894095_rose


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne C. Rose, author