Cultural Psychology: A Perspective on Psychological Functioning and Social Reform

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Carl Ratner's new book deepens our understanding of psychology by emphasizing the role that cultural factors, such as social institutions, artifacts, and cultural concepts play in psychological functioning. The author demonstrates the impact of culture on stimulating and structuring emotion, personality, perception, cognition, memory, sexuality, and mental illness. Examples from interdisciplinary social science research illuminate a sophisticated dialectical relationship between cultural factors and psychological phenomena.

Written in an engaging style, the book articulates a new theory, "macro cultural psychology", and a qualitative methodology for investigating the cultural origins, characteristics, and functions of psychological phenomena. Ratner explains how this cultural perspective can be used to enhance psychological growth, illuminate directions for social reform, and how social reform can enhance psychological functioning, and vice versa. 

Cultural Psychology
critically examines several prominent psychological approaches including social constructionism, feminism, hermeneutics, psychobiology, evolutionary, cross-cultural, ecological, and mainstream psychology. The book articulates a theory of macro culture that emphasizes the political dimension of culture and psychology. 

Intended for students, researchers, and practitioners in psychology, education, psychotherapy, history, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and policy makers and practitioners in public health and social service who are interested in understanding cultural aspects of psychology. The book is an appropriate text for courses in cross-cultural or community psychology, social work, social theory, and critical thinking.

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Carl Ratneris Director of The Institute for Cultural Research and Education in Trinidad, CA. Trained as a social psychologist, Dr. Ratner has studied the cultural and political aspects of human psychology for over 30 years. He is the author of 4 books and numerous articles in the area.

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"This is a very important book. Its message is that psychology gives inadequate attention to culture, especially macroculture. Ratner's critiques of different approaches to psychology are excellent. This is a great book."
―PsycCRITIQUES

"The book is very timely in the contemporary context of developing cultural psychology...engaging, substantive, and at times provocative."
―Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Clark University

"This book makes a unique contribution ...by drawing out the important connections between culture, psychology, and power...appropriate for undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural psychology ...Scholars in cultural psychology...developmental psychology...anthropology, sociology, and even public policy would benefit from reading this book."
―Victoria Plaut, Ph.D.
College of the Holy Cross

"A timely and urgently needed contribution to the field of psychology...a unified, coherent text on cultural psychology."
―Glenn Adams, Ph.D.
University of Kansas

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