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Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law

Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law

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October 2004 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
American ethnic and racial minority groups, immigrants, and refugees to this country are disparately impacted by the justice system of the United States. Issues such as racial profiling, disproportionate incarceration, deportation, and capital punishment all exemplify situations in which the legal system must attend to matters of race and culture in a competent and humane fashion.

Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law is the only book to provide summaries and analyses of culturally competent psychological and social services encountered within the U.S. legal arena. The book is broad in scope and covers the knowledge and practice crucial in providing comprehensive services to ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities. Topics include the importance of race relations, psychological testing and evaluation, racial "profiling," disparities in death penalty conviction, immigration and domestic violence, asylum seekers, deportations and civil rights, juvenile justice, cross-cultural lawyering, and cultural competency in the administration of justice.

Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law offers a compendium of knowledge, historical background, case examples, guidelines, and practice standards pertinent to professionals in the fields of psychology and law to help them recognize the importance of racial and cultural contexts of their clients. Editors Kimberly Barrett and William H. George have drawn together contributing authors from a variety of academic disciplines including law, psychology, sociology, social work, and family studies to illustrate the delivery of psychological, legal, and social services to individuals and families-from racial minority, ethnic minority, immigrant, and refugee groups-who are involved in legal proceedings.

Stan Sue and Ron Mamiya
Part I - Forward
Kimberly Holt Barrett and William H. George
Part II - II. The Need for Cross-Cultural Competence in Psychology and the Law: Introduction & Overview
Part III - III. Race and Justice
Kimberly Holt Barrett and William H. George
Chapter 1. Psychology, Justice, and Diversity: Five Challenges for Culturally Competent Professionals
Kimberly Holt Barrett
Chapter 2. Case Examples: Addressing Racism, Discrimination, and Cultural Bias in the Interface of Psychology and Law
Kimberly Holt Barrett and William H. George
Chapter 3. Judicial Colorblindness, Race Neutrality, and Modern Racism: How Psychologists Can Help the Courts Understand Race Matters
Susan Bryant and Jean Koh Peters
Chapter 4. Five Habits for Cross Cultural Lawyering
Anthony V. Alfieri
Chapter 5. Race, Community, and Criminal Justice
Rudolph Alexander, Jr.
Chapter 6. Trials and Tribulations of African Americans in the Courtroom: Refuting the Myths
Marian S. Harris and Ada Skyles
Chapter 7. Working With African American Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
Part IV. Assessment
Kimberly Holt Barrett
Chapter 8. Guidelines and Suggestions for Conducting Successful Cross Cultural Evaluations for the Courts
Maria P. P. Root
Chapter 9. The Consequences of Racial and Ethnic Origins Harassment in the Workplace: Conceptualization and Assessment
Tedd Judd and Breean Beggs
Chapter 10. Cross-Cultural Forensic Neuropsychological Assessment
Rachel Tribe
Chapter 11. Working with Interpreters
Debra Freed
Chapter 12. Assessment of Asylum Seekers
Ellen G. Kelman
Chapter 13. Evaluating Child Abuse in Children Who Seek Asylum: Four Cases Studies
Part V. Immigration
Angela Burnett and Kate Thompson
Chapter 14. Enhancing the Well Being of Asylum Seekers & Refugees
Sutapa Basu
Chapter 15. The Challenges and Potential Solutions to the Trafficking of Women and Children: An Overview
Jay Stansel and Dori Cahn
Chapter 16. From Refugee to Deportee: How U.S. Immigration Law Failed the Cambodian Community
Part VI. Working with Children and Families
David Sue
Chapter 17. Asian American/Pacific Islander Families in Conflict
Bahira Sherif-Trask
Chapter 18. The Challenge of Cultural Competence: Working with American Muslims and their Families
Dana Chou
Chapter 19. Unaccompanied Children in the US: Legal & Psychological Considerations
Walter Kawamoto and Tamara Cheshire
Chapter 20. American Indian Families: Resilience in the Face a Legal, Economic, and Cultural Assault
Part VII. Juveniles
Eileen Poe-Yamagata and Madeline Wordes Noya, Ph.D.
Chapter 21. Race Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
Felipe González Castro
Chapter 22. A Cultural Approach for Promoting Resilience among Adjudicated Mexican American Youth
Joseph E. Trimble and Robin A. Ladue
Chapter 23. Law And Social Identity And Its Effects On American Indian And Alaska Native Youth
Anne Nurse
Chapter 24. The Impact of the Juvenile Prison on Fathers
Part VIII. Violence
Jeanette Zanipatin, Stacy Shaw, Patty Bardina, and Jean Yi
Chapter 25. Immigrant Women & Domestic Violence
Jennifer Wheeler and William H. George
Chapter 26. Race and Sexual Offending: An Overview
Rachel E. Goldsmith, Gordon N. Hall, Jennifer Wheeler and William H. George
Chapter 27. Culturally Competent Approaches to the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Kari A. Stephens, Sandra Ibarra, and Kim Moore
Chapter 28. Advocacy in the Legal System: Cultural Complexities
Sonia Carbonell
Chapter 29. Immigration and Hardship: Living With Fear

"In a diverse democracy, law must be open to all. All too often, however, our system of justice has failed to live up to our shared ideals, because it excludes individuals and communities even as they seek to use it or find themselves caught up in it. The research presented here offers hope. The abstract doctrines of the law are presented through real cases. Judges, lawyers, scholars, and concerned citizens will find much in these pages documenting the need for reform, along with the means for achieving our aspirations. The issues presented by race, ethnicity, and cultural differences are obviously central to the resolution of disputes in a nation made up of people who have in common only their faith in the great experiment of the United States Constitution. Here the challenges are met in an original, accessible, and thoughtful manner."

Frank H. Wu
Howard University, and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White

"Kim Barrett and William George have taken on an enormous task, which is matched only by its timeliness. Cultural competence and cultural diversity pass off our lips as eternally valued ideals, but Barrett and George have brought a critical and edifying eye to thee ideas. Racism is similarly easy to acknowledge but difficult to account for in the everyday lives of ordinary people of color. What we discover in this impressive volume is not only that race and culture matter, but how they matter in the minds of people who are clients and the minds of people who attempt to serve them and in the courts of law that attempt to mete out justice. Race, Culture Psychology and the Law is essential reading for anyone with a professional or personal interest in social justice and psychological well-being."

James M. Jones, Ph.D.
Director, Minority Fellowship Program, American Psychological Association

"This is an extraordinary and daring compilation of cutting edge commentaries that should prove invaluable to students, scholars, and practitioners working in social work, clinical and forensic psychology, juvenile justice, immigration adjustment, Native American advocacy, and child and adult abuse. It is a quality text that tackles key topics bridged by psychology and the law with clarity, succinctness, complexity, and evenhandedness."

William E. Cross, Jr., Ph.D.
Graduate Center, City University of New York

"This book offers valuable and much-needed perspectives on the intersection of race, psychology, and the law. In the legal environment, we as attorneys all too often ignore or minimize these issues when working with clients. Understanding these issues, and incorporating them into our representation, would not only provide our clients with more dignity, but also increase the quality of our representation."

Vicky Dobrin
Dobrin & Han, LLC

"This book provides an invaluable reference for legal professionals who work with diverse and traumatized communities. It not only exposes the many barriers existing between our clients and our immigration system, but it also challenges us, as advocates, to recognize some less obvious obstacles between our clients and ourselves. The insights contained in RCPL empower advocates to proactively deconstruct such barriers in order to more zealously and effectively ensure that our client's voices resound powerfully in the legal arena."

Bina Hanchinamani Ellefsen
Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

"Editors Kimberly Barrett and William George have brought together an impressive array of contributions that demonstrate how critical it is to understand race, ethnicity, and culture in forensic psychology. . . . The presentations will be particularly appealing and useful to practitioners, researchers, and forensic specialists in psychology and the judicial system."

Stanley Sue
University of California, Davis

"The articles accumulated by editors Kimberly Barrett and William George cover a broad range of issues and topics and yet all address an even more fundamental concern, that is "equal access to justice." Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law is a substantial step toward opening our eyes and leveling the playing field. Irrespective of ethnicity, national original, physical or mental impairment, everyone is entitled to the "opportunity to effectively participate" in legal proceedings. This book gives the reader a greater understanding of what that truly is."

Ron A. Mamiya
Judge, Municipal Court of Seattle

"The editors have compiled outstanding chapters that document racism in legal decisions making, provide guidelines for cross-cultural assessment procedures, elucidate the history of and laws pertaining to immigrants and refugees, and analyze the role of culture in working with children, families, and juveniles and in understanding violence. The current book provides a great service to the field; perhaps Barrett and George will follow this impressive work with a second volume, dedicated to understanding and eliminating personal biases."

Amy Hackney-Hansen
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books

Excelent book for my students of criminology. The case examples help them.

Dr Clara Padovani-Rivera
Psychology, Public Administration and Crminology, Pontifical Catholic University of Ponce, Puerto Rico
January 24, 2012

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