Handbook of Cultural Psychology

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Handbook of Cultural Psychology

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Bringing together leading authorities, this definitive handbook provides a comprehensive review of the field of cultural psychology. Major theoretical perspectives are explained, and methodological issues and challenges are discussed. The volume examines how topics fundamental to psychology—identity and social relations, the self, cognition, emotion and motivation, and development—are influenced by cultural meanings and practices. It also presents cutting-edge work on the psychological and evolutionary underpinnings of cultural stability and change. In all, more than 60 contributors have written over 30 chapters covering such diverse areas as food, love, religion, intelligence, language, attachment, narratives, and work.

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Shinobu Kitayama, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Culture and Cognition Program at the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he has been teaching since 2003. Prior to joining the faculty there, Dr. Kitayama taught at the Universities of Oregon and Chicago and at Kyoto University. He is currently the Editor of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Throughout his career Dr. Kitayama has studied cultural variations of self, emotion, and cognition, and has presented his work in the books Culture and Emotion: The Study of Mutual Influences (with Hazel Markus) and The Heart’s Eye: Emotional Influences in Perception and Attention, as well as in such leading journals as Psychological Review, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

 

Dov Cohen, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His research interests relate to cultural continuity and change, within-culture variability, and the way people position themselves with respect to dominant cultural ideals. Dr. Cohen has conducted research on the cultural syndromes of honor, dignity, and face, as well as on cross-cultural similarities and differences in the experience of self. He coauthored the book Culture of Honor (with Richard Nisbett) and coedited Culture and Social Behavior (with Richard Sorrentino, James Olson, and Mark Zanna).

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"This handbook is extraordinary. It captures the most important and fascinating topics in cultural psychology from the standpoint of different disciplines, at different levels of analysis, and as told by many of the most influential social scientists of our time. A 'must read' for anyone who seeks a deep and wise perspective on critical issues in psychology."--Carol S. Dweck, PhD, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

"This is now the source on cultural psychology. The volume is unique in its combination of breadth and depth; virtually all of the important topics in the field are covered by the very best researchers. This book belongs on every psychologist's and anthropologist's bookshelf."--Michael Tomasello, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany "Paradoxical as it may sound, culture is an essential aspect of human nature. This remarkable handbook presents work from the top researchers who are taking culture seriously in psychological inquiry. The perspectives included here are diverse: from cross-cultural comparison to activity theory, social structural theory to social cognition, cultural evolution to lifespan development, and biological evolution to neuroscience. What distinguishes the Handbook is its singular pursuit of the cutting edge of cultural psychological research. Seasoned researchers will find surprising developments, those who are caught in the old paradigm of nature versus culture will marvel, and those just beginning their intellectual journey will find new horizons. A landmark contribution to the field."--Yoshihisa Kashima, PhD, School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne, Australia "Kitayama and Cohen have done a superb job of representing the field of cultural psychology, both its past and its future directions. This is by far the most wide-ranging volume to date on cultural psychology; it features chapters on a broad range of topics, authored by the best minds in the field. The Handbook is particularly strong in charting the expansion of focus in cultural psychology from a near-exclusive reliance on cross-national surveys to a wider range of methods that illuminate the dynamics of cultural influences on behavior. All academics working on topics related to culture and identity will want to own a copy of this landmark work."--Michael W. Morris, PhD, Columbia University Graduate School of Business "This landmark volume in the study of cultural psychology contains an enormous amount of high-quality material. Chapters cover a broad range of topics with unparalleled expertise. All in all, it is a 'must-have' work that will be much discussed in seminars and classes in psychology and anthropology."--Roy D'Andrade, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut

"This handbook provides the definitive overview of the past, present, and potential futures of one of the most innovative and exciting developments in social psychology and anthropology of the last two decades, as told by the central figures responsible for it. The volume compellingly articulates the reciprocal influences between psychology and anthropology and their joint impact on developments in both disciplines, as well as in sociology and other areas. It is and will remain for many years an essential reference and text for professionals and graduate students. Truly a landmark work."--James S. House, PhD, Institute for Social Research, School of Public Policy, and Department of Sociology, University of Michigan



"In the Handbook of Cultural Psychology, we witness the continuing emergence of the field of cultural psychology as a substantial force affecting the wider discipline of psychology....This textbook attempts to gather a growing body of evidence to explain not only how culture influences the way individuals think, feel, and behave but also, conversely, how our individual psychological processes have an effect on our social and cultural settings....I highly recommend this textbook. It is readable, wide ranging, and will remind you of taking a walk in your favorite city, where you will turn a corner and never know exactly what is coming but you are sure that whatever you come across will be noteworthy, attractive, and compelling." (PsycCRITIQUES 2010-01-06)

"Must reading for anyone interested in cultural psychology. The editors and contributors have an uncanny ability to communicate the history, current progress, and future trends in the field. If you want to really know about cultural psychology, listen to the movers and shakers who are setting the pace for years to come. Weighted Numerical Score: 95 - 4 Stars!" (Doody's Review Service 2010-01-06)

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