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Culture and Human Development
The Selected Papers of John Whiting

Part of Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

Roy D'Andrade, John W. M. Whiting, B. B. Whiting, E. H. Chasdi, H. F. Antonovsky, B. C. Ayres, R. V. Burton, R. L. Monroe, R. H. Monroe, V. K. Burbank, M. S. Ratner, C. M. Worthman
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028066


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  • John Whiting is a leading figure in psychological anthropology and one of the pioneers in the development of systematic cross-cultural research. His work is interdisciplinary, and he draws mainly upon the fields of anthropology, psychoanalysis, and learning and behaviour theory. This book, first published in 1993, includes some of his most influential articles on culture and human development, as well as a comprehensive autobiographical essay. Roy D'Andrade's introduction assesses the unique contributions of John Whiting and locates his work within the contemporary currents of psychological research.

    • John Whiting is an eminent anthropologist, and a leading figure in the field of psychological anthropology
    • The field of psychological anthropology is very much in vogue at the moment; expect good sales, especially in North America
    • Essays cover topical issues and are well written and accessible
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    'Psychologists keen to escape the confines of a narrow laboratory approach to the study of human behaviour should find this volume offers a window to an almost forgotten enterprise relevant to their contemporary concerns.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028066
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 39 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Introduction: John Whiting and anthropology Roy G. D'Andrade
    Fifty years as a behavioral scientist: autobiographical notes John W. M. Whiting
    Part I. Theory and Methods: Introduction
    1. Contributions of anthropology to the methods of studying child rearing with B. B. Whiting
    2. The cross-cultural method
    3. A model for psychocultural research
    Part II. Environment and History: Introduction
    4. Environmental constraints on infant care practices
    5. The learning of values with E. H. Chasdi, H. F. Antonovsky and B. C. Ayres
    Part III. Moral Development: Introduction
    6. Sorcery, sin, and the superego: a cross-cultural study of some mechanisms of social control
    7. Resource meditation and learning by identification
    Part IV. Gender Development: Introduction
    8. The absent father and cross-sex identity with R. V. Burton
    9. Effects of climate on certain cultural practices
    10. Male sex-role resolutions with R. L. Monroe and R. H. Monroe
    Part V. Development of Social Behavior: Introduction
    11. Altruistic and egoistic behavior in six cultures with B. B. Whiting
    12. The duration of maidenhood across cultures with V. K. Burbank and M. S. Ratner
    13. Social change in adolescent sexual behavior, mate selection, and premarital pregnancy rates in a Kikuyu community with C. M. Worthman
    Complete bibliography of John W. M. Whiting's work

  • Author

    John Whiting


    Eleanor Hollenberg Chasdi, Wheelock College, Massachusetts

    Introduction by

    Roy D'Andrade


    Roy D'Andrade, John W. M. Whiting, B. B. Whiting, E. H. Chasdi, H. F. Antonovsky, B. C. Ayres, R. V. Burton, R. L. Monroe, R. H. Monroe, V. K. Burbank, M. S. Ratner, C. M. Worthman

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