Orientalism in Euro-American and Indian psychology: historical representations of "natives" in Colonial and postcolonial contexts.

History of psychology

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Bhatia S. Orientalism in Euro-American and Indian psychology: historical representations of "natives" in Colonial and postcolonial contexts. Hist Psychol. 2002;.
The author examines the historical role of Euro-American psychology in constructing Orientalist representations of the natives who were colonized by the European colonial powers. In particular, the author demonstrates how the power to represent the non-Western "Other" has always resided, and still continues to reside, primarily with psychologists working in Europe and America. It is argued that the theoretical frameworks that are used to represent non-Westerners in contemporary times continue to emerge from Euro-American psychology. Finally, the author discusses how non-Western psychologists internalized these Orientalist images and how such a move has led to a virtual abandonment of pursuing "native" forms of indigenous psychologies in Third World psychology departments.