Self, Attitudes, and Emotion Work: Western Social Psychology and Eastern Zen Buddhism Confront Each Other

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This book is about how Western social psychology interfaces with an Eastern Zen Buddhist perspective. It is neither a purely Zen Buddhist critique of the former, nor is it merely a social psychological interpretation of Zen. Rather, it is an attempt to create common ground between each through the systematic comparison of certain shared fundamental concepts and ideas. Anglo-American social psychology is not much more than a century old despite having its roots in a broad philosophical tradition. Alternately, the Zen version of Buddhism can trace its historical origins to roughly 1,500 years ago in China. Even though the two arose at different times and at first glance appear stridently antithetical, the authors show that they share considerable areas of overlap.

The logic of Zen contemplates the consequences of the taken-for-granted tyranny created by personal memories and culture. These traits, common to every culture, include hubris, greed, self-centeredness, distrust, prejudice, hatred, fear, anxiety, and violence. Social psychology leans more toward a "nurture" rather than "nature" explanation for behavior. Both areas of research are firmly rooted within the domain of sociological social psychology; the processes are also sometimes referred to as learning or conditioning.

Zen challenges in radical terms key assumptions of both sociology and psychology concerning individual identity, human nature, and human motivation. This stimulating volume will provoke new thoughts about an old tradition and a newer area of scholarly work.

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Anson Shupe is professor of sociology at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. A prolific writer dealing with religious movements, clergy misconduct, violence, and inequality, he is the author of Agents of Discord; Rogue Clerics; Self, Attitudes, and Emotion Work (all Transaction); and Spoils of the Kingdom.



Christopher Bradley is an assistant professor of sociology at the joint campus of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne. His primary research interests are in the social psychological areas of emotion, small group interaction, self-concept, and human motivation.

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"(T)his unique study provide(s) an interesting perspective on two different (often conflicting) fields....Western social psychology and Eastern Zen Buddhism. Drawing on both ancient and contemporary sources, the authors examine a number of concepts and topics, including the "self," attitudes and emotions, morality, socialization, social/political movements, language and meaning, and so on. Well researched and documented, the book is written in a style appropriate to many disciplines....Highly recommended."

—J. Bailey, Choice

“I am over the moon about this title for its sure-footed and self-containing integration of Western (social) psychological and Zen Buddhist concepts; it leads the reader by the hand to the riverbank separating the two and then competently fords the divide... To render quite complex concepts so understandable is an achievement. This book is therefore suitable for (social) psychologists wishing to revisit important theoretical foundations and even more relevant to those who would additionally like to witness just how similar two diverse civilizations with different investigative methods can be in the conclusions that they reach about the human mind.”

—Marc Williams, Journal of Mental Health



"Self, Attitudes, and Emotion Work lays out a number of differences between Zen and social psychology in a way that is clear for all to see... For those trying to make sense of these disparate worldviews, the book provides a good beginning overview of both."

– Harris L. Friedman, PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology



“[T]he book’s summaries of social psychological work are concise and accessible, perfect for an undergraduate audience.”

—Ara Francis, Teaching Sociology

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