8th Edition

Cross-Cultural Psychology Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications

By Eric B. Shiraev, David A. Levy Copyright 2024
    576 Pages 19 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    576 Pages 19 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This international best-selling textbook provides an interdisciplinary review of the theories and research in cross‐cultural psychology. The dynamic author team brings a diverse set of experiences in writing this text that provides cross-cultural perspectives on a wide range of applied topics.

    Written in a conversational style that transforms complex ideas into accessible ones, the text incorporates a unique critical thinking framework, including Critical Thinking boxes, which helps students develop analytical skills. Exercises interspersed throughout promote active learning and encourage class discussion. Case in Point sections review controversial issues and opinions about behavior in different cultural contexts. Cross‐Cultural Sensitivity boxes underscore the importance of empathy in communication.

    New to this eighth edition:

    • An entirely new chapter addressing modern social justice movements, LGBTQ+ issues, reproductive rights and abortion, environmental justice, digital culture and social media, nationalism, health care, spirituality, and holistic treatments.
    • Updated sections to reflect research on traditional vs. nontraditional cultures, global trends, DSM-5-TR, gender identity, race, acculturation, cultural customs, immigration, indigenous populations, cultural syndromes, and the treatment of mental disorders.
    • New pedagogical boxes analyzing issues such as critical race theory, gender pronouns and language ownership, cultural appropriation, Putin and international aggression, colonization, political propaganda, parenting styles and the Tiger Mom personality, the Twittification Effect, cultural relativism, prayer and healing, and morality and religion. 
    • Updated online resources for teachers (including test banks, figures, tables, and graphs) and students (chapter abstracts, key terms, relevant links).
    • Over 240 recent references, particularly on studies of non-Western regions such as Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, as well as the United States and Europe.

    Bringing cross-cultural perspectives on key psychological topics such as cognition, sensation, perception, consciousness, intelligence, emotion, motivation, human development, psychological disorders, social perception, personality and more, this text is an essential resource for all students of cultural psychology. Its numerous applications also prepare students for working in various multicultural contexts such as teaching, counseling, business, health care, and social work.

    1. Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology

    2. Critical Thinking in Cross-Cultural Psychology

    3. Methodology of Cross-Cultural Research

    4. Cognition: Sensation, Perception, and States of Consciousness

    5. Intelligence

    6. Emotion

    7. Motivation and Behavior

    8. Human Development and Socialization

    9. Psychological Disorders

    10. Social Perception, Social Cognition, and Social Interaction

    11.Personality and the Self

    12. Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology: Important Highlights from Social Justice, Digital Culture, and Healthcare


    Eric B. Shiraev, PhD, teaches at George Mason University, USA. He is an author, a co-author, and co-editor of more than 20 books and numerous publications in the fields of cross-cultural studies and political psychology. Besides his teaching and scholarly work, Dr. Shiraev writes policy briefs and opinion essays for government agencies, NGOs, and the media.

    David A. Levy, PhD is an award-winning professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, USA. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, media consultant (CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, Fox, NatGeo), and author (Cross-Cultural Psychology, Tools of Critical Thinking, Life Is a 4-Letter Word).

    "Levy and Shiraev have done it again – this book is right on the mark, richly digging into the complexity and depth of cross-cultural psychology examining new perspectives, dimensions, and ideas. Perfect timing for today’s world. The book is essential reading for anyone in psychology and the behavioral sciences – don’t miss this one!"

    Fred Bemak, George Mason University and University of Malta
    Counselors Without Borders, Founder.

    "Given the increasingly multicultural nature of modern societies, this insightful and mature excursion into the dynamics of cross-cultural psychology could not come at a more propitious time. This is important reading and highly recommended."

    Jim Sidanius, Harvard University, USA. 

    "This classic text is a must-read for those in the fields of psychology and related social and behavioral sciences. It is an engaging and informative resource for anyone interested in learning how the intricate web of cultural customs, values, and norms permeate our lives and shapes us into who we are."

    Denis Sukhodolsky, Yale University, USA. 

    "I had the privilege to use this text in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. This text aims to spark the students’ motivation to learn about cultural contextual variables affecting human behavior, cognitions, and emotions. It offers a critical thinking paradigm and specific exercises, which are priceless in this field and could be applied in other subfields of psychology."

    Sergei Tsytsarev, Hofstra University, USA. 

    "Shiraev and Levy provide a scholarly analysis of cross-cultural psychology that is informative, intriguing, and enjoyable to read. Their descriptions of contemporary applications convey critically important insights for addressing intergroup conflicts and disparities."

    Cheryl Koopman, Stanford University, USA. 

    "In an era marked by increasing globalization, polarization, and cultural diversity, the importance of understanding cross-cultural psychology cannot be overstated. For over two decades, Dr. David A. Levy and Dr. Eric Shiraev have been at the forefront of this field, guiding students and researchers through the intricate world of cultural dynamics. Since its inception 23 years ago, this textbook has held the prestigious position of being the #1 international best-seller in its category. The 8th edition promises to be an even more vital resource in the field of cross-cultural psychology. It tackles an array of current and pressing topics, such as social justice, LGBTQ+ rights, critical race theory, disenfranchisement, green values, global warming, digital culture, and the war in Ukraine. With each chapter, Dr. Levy and Dr.. Shiraev shed light on how these issues intersect with cross-cultural psychology, providing readers with critical insights and perspectives. As societies around the world grapple with the challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism, this textbook equips readers with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate this complex landscape."

    Graduate School of Education and Psychology Newsroom, https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/articles/dr-david-levy-8th-edition-publication.htm