Toward an Integrative CAPS Approach to Racial/Ethnic Relations
Article first published online: 22 JUL 2009
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Journal of Personality
Volume 77, Issue 5, pages 1365–1380, October 2009
How to Cite
Mischel, W., Mendoza-Denton, R. and Hong, Y.-y. (2009), Toward an Integrative CAPS Approach to Racial/Ethnic Relations. Journal of Personality, 77: 1365–1380. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00585.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 22 JUL 2009
ABSTRACT The original CAPS formulation focused on the role of the individual's CAPS system in relation to situations, formalizing a person–situation framework. Subsequent research and theorizing on the culturally embedded CAPS system (C-CAPS) began to spell out how culture, context, and group-level processes intersect with both persons and situations. The contributions in this special section provide insights into the enormous complexity and the multiple layers through which context and persons “make each other up” in racial/ethnic relations. The challenge for personality psychologists is to examine and illuminate this interpenetration of context and person concretely and with increasing depth and precision. The CAPS framework provides a meta-level guide for this mission, and the present contributions illustrate the framework's heuristic value.