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November 1970

Race and the Social Sciences

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;23(5):480. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01750050096015

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This book has been a difficult one for me both in terms of reading and in terms of attempting to formulate a review. As a partial explanation let it be noted that I can be described in the terminology of this book as "a Negro, middle-classed, professional, reared in an urban, northern city environment, who attended integrated schools, and has white friends." It might be added that I currently live in a large city. with bitter and violent confrontations between black and white.

I introduce the personal note to make clear why I do not feel that I can offer what might be termed an objective review of this scholarly volume. In point of fact, the greatest strength of this book is precisely what makes it so difficult for me to review it. The editors and contributors have systematically organized from their respective vantage points in social

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