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The Psychology of Cultural Experience

The Psychology of Cultural Experience


Part of Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

Holly F. Mathews, Carmella C. Moore, Drew Westen, Carl Ratner, Robert A. LeVine, Karin Norman, Linda C. Garro, Stephen C. Leavitt, Susan Love Brown, Eve Danziger, Robert L. Munroe, Ruth H. Munroe
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  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521005524

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  • The essays in this volume, first published in 2001, focus upon the relationship of individual experience to culture, and chart a research agenda for psychological anthropology in the twenty-first century. Drawing upon fieldwork in diverse cultural settings, the authors use a range of contemporary perspectives in the field, including person-centred ethnography, activity theory, attachment theory and cultural schema theory, to describe the ways in which people think, feel, remember, and solve problems. Fascinating insights emerge from these fine-grained accounts of personal experience. The research demonstrates that it is possible to identify cross-cultural universals in psychological development and mental states, and that individual psychology is not determined solely by unique cultural patterns.

    • Articulates an important research agenda for psychological anthropology
    • Reasserts the strengths of the field that pioneered the study of individual experience and its relationship to culture
    • Draws upon empirical fieldwork in diverse cultural settings
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    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521005524
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.433kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the psychology of cultural experience Holly F. Mathews and Carmella C. Moore
    Part I. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Experience:
    1. Beyond the binary opposition in psychological anthropology: integrating contemporary psychoanalysis and cognitive science Drew Westen
    2. Developments in person-centered ethnography Douglas Hollan
    3. Activity theory and cultural psychology Carl Ratner
    Part II. Acquiring, Modifying, and Transmitting Culture:
    4. The infant's acquisition of culture: early attachment re-examined in anthropological perspective Robert A. LeVine and Karin Norman
    5. The remembered past in a culturally meaningful life: remembering as cultural, social, and cognitive process Linda C. Garro
    Part III. Continuity and Change in Cultural Experience:
    6. The psychology of consensus in a Papua New Guinea Christian revival movement Stephen C. Leavitt
    7. God and self: the shaping and sharing of experience in a cooperative, religious community Susan Love Brown
    Part IV. A Reinvigorated Comparative Perspective:
    8. Cross-cultural studies in language and thought: is there a metalanguage? Eve Danziger
    9. Comparative approaches to psychological anthropology Robert L. Munroe and Ruth H. Munroe.

  • Editors

    Carmella C. Moore, University of California, Irvine

    Holly F. Mathews, East Carolina University


    Holly F. Mathews, Carmella C. Moore, Drew Westen, Carl Ratner, Robert A. LeVine, Karin Norman, Linda C. Garro, Stephen C. Leavitt, Susan Love Brown, Eve Danziger, Robert L. Munroe, Ruth H. Munroe

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