Ethnic Minorities: Perceptions, Cultural Barriers and Health Inequalities


Ana Pratt (Editor)

Series: Social Justice, Equality and Empowerment
BISAC: SOC008000

Intergroup relations are, by definition, a two-way process, yet the perspectives of minority group members have been given considerably less attention than the perspectives of dominant group members in social psychology. For decades, researchers have explored the nature of white Americans’ attitudes, opinions, stereotypes, and behaviors toward African Americans; however, ethnic minorities’ perceptions of white Americans have been grossly understudied. Chapter one of this book on ethnic minorities aims to diversify the perspectives and approaches that psychologists pursue to understand intergroup dynamics by investigating ethnic minorities’ attitudes toward white Americans.

The following chapter examines the effects of neighborhood level and individual level characteristics on the attendance of religious services among first-generation Muslim immigrants and native Christians in the Netherlands. Chapter three examines the political representation of minorities on the example of the ethnic Turkish minority in Bulgaria, an unconventional case of minority participation in politics under the liberal democratic model. Chapter four attempts to illustrate how the notion of Hong Kong Chinese Orientalism emerged from the racial hierarchy of white-yellow-black by reviewing the racial and ethnic discourses in China and Hong Kong.

Chapter five attempts to construct an analytical survey of the political participation of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong after the region was handed over to China in 1997. The last chapter’s objective is to critically consider the challenge of incorporating discussions of social determinants of health into human subjects‘ research study design; and developing strategies to help racial and ethnic minorities overcome these barriers, in order to increase their enrollment in research studies.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Positive, Negative, and Ambivalent: Attitudes toward White Americans as Held by Ethnic Minorities in the U.S
(Jes L. Matsick and Terri D. Conley, Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

Chapter 2
Attendance of Religious Services among Muslims and Christians a Study on Ethnic-Religious Concentration and Diversity Effects
(Frans van der Slik and Geert Driessen, Department of Linguistics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 3
Between Mainstreaming and Marginalization: Liberal Democracy and the Electoral Alignment of Ethnic Minority Voters in Bulgaria
(Boyka Stefanova, Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Chapter 4
Hong Kong Chinese “Orientalism”: Discourse Reflections on Studying Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong
(Lee Kim-ming, Divison of Social Sciences at the Community College of City University, Hong Kong, and Law Kam-yee, Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong)

Chapter 5
Political Participation of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong: An Analytical Survey
(Kwok Kim, School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong, and Law Kam-yee, Department of Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 6
Social Determinants of Health: Barriers to Racial and Ethnic Minorities Participation in Biomedical Research
(Cherise Charleswell, Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), Pasadena, CA, USA)


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