Culture Reexamined: Broadening Our Understanding of Social and Evolutionary Influences

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The study of culture in psychology has a distinguished history and has progressed in many important ways, but also has some limitations. We know much about East-West differences in self-construal and cognitive style, for example, yet we know very little about the multitude of cultural influences that shape who we are and are shaped by who we are.

This book brings readers from all fields of psychology up to date on the newest and most exciting avenues in the study of culture in psychology by focusing on different forms of culture. The book will encourage psychologists to think about a wider set of cultures than they traditionally have, such as knowledge, social class, age, politics, sex and gender, religion, within-country regions and frontiers. It also points readers to consider processes that give shape to culture, such as settlement patterns and evolution.

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Adam B. Cohen, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University.
 
Dr. Cohen's research fuses cultural and evolutionary approaches to religion. He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles (including "Many Forms of Culture," published in the American Psychologist in 2009).
 
He is associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences and is a former associate editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
 

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This is an important book that will help make culture a relevant subject for psychology by showing how the concept can be applied to a variety of important areas of study. --PsycCRITIQUES

This much-needed review of the state of cultural psychology serves as a road map for future research. Readers of all stripes will find exciting ideas and thoughtful analyses of the cultures people engage with every day. --Choice

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