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The Psychology of Cultural Experience

Holly F. Mathews (Editor)
Carmella C. Moore (Editor)
Harriet Whitehead (Series Edited)
Claudia Strauss (Series Edited)
John Lucy (Series Edited)
Takie Sugiyama Lebra (Series Edited)
Allen W. Johnson (Series Edited)
Daniel Fessler (Series Edited)
Naomi Quinn (Series Edited)



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This volume, first published in 2001, presents research in psychological anthropology, including person-centred ethnography, activity theory, and cultural schema theory.

The essays in this volume, first published in 2001, focus upon the relationship of individual experience to culture, and chart a research agenda for psychological anthropology in the twenty-first century. Drawing upon fieldwork in diverse cultural settings, the authors use a range of contemporary perspectives in the field, including person-centred ethnography, activity theory, attachment theory and cultural schema theory, to describe the ways in which people think, feel, remember, and solve problems. Fascinating insights emerge from these fine-grained accounts of personal experience. The research demonstrates that it is possible to identify cross-cultural universals in psychological development and mental states, and that individual psychology is not determined solely by unique cultural patterns.


ISBN 521005523
ISBN13 9780521005524
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 06/09/2001
Pages 268
Weight (grammes) 360
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 228
Width (mm) 152

Introduction: the psychology of cultural experience Holly F. Mathews and Carmella C. Moore
Part I. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Experience: 1. Beyond the binary opposition in psychological anthropology: integrating contemporary psychoanalysis and cognitive science Drew Westen
2. Developments in person-centered ethnography Douglas Hollan
3. Activity theory and cultural psychology Carl Ratner
Part II. Acquiring, Modifying, and Transmitting Culture: 4. The infant's acquisition of culture: early attachment re-examined in anthropological perspective Robert A. LeVine and Karin Norman
5. The remembered past in a culturally meaningful life: remembering as cultural, social, and cognitive process Linda C. Garro
Part III. Continuity and Change in Cultural Experience: 6. The psychology of consensus in a Papua New Guinea Christian revival movement Stephen C. Leavitt
7. God and self: the shaping and sharing of experience in a cooperative, religious community Susan Love Brown
Part IV. A Reinvigorated Comparative Perspective: 8. Cross-cultural studies in language and thought: is there a metalanguage? Eve Danziger
9. Comparative approaches to psychological anthropology Robert L. Munroe and Ruth H. Munroe.