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296 pages | 56 B/W Illus.
Does our cultural background influence the way we think and feel about ourselves and others? Does our culture affect how we choose our partners, how we define intelligence and abnormality and how we bring up our children? Psychologists have long pondered the relationship between culture and a range of psychological attributes. Cultural Issues In Psychology is an all round student guide to the key studies, theories and controversies which seek to explore human behaviour in a global context.
The book explores key controversies in global psychology, such as:
The book also includes detailed examinations of global research into mainstream areas of psychology, such as social, cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as abnormal psychology.
With insightful classroom activities and helpful pedagogical features, this detailed, yet accessibly written book gives introductory-level psychology students access to a concise review of key research, issues, controversies and diverse approaches in the area of culture and psychology.
"This book is up-to-date, showing familiarity with contemporary debates within the discipline. It is also very readable, thought provoking and broad in its coverage. Difficult concepts are introduced in a gentle fashion, and the whole book should develop the students' understanding and thinking about this fascinating area." - Peter Banister, Department of Psychology and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
"In this engaging text, the author offers a multilateral perspective on the cultural construction of the human psyche. Using accessible language, the author presents his vision of a new cultural science for a globalized world. Andrew Stevenson is a superb communicator." - Chi-yue Chiu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Part 1. Concepts and Controversies. Searching for Human Universals: Introducing Cross-Cultural Psychology. How We Got Here: A Short History of Psychology Across Cultures. Culture and Its Influence: Exploring a Key Concept in Global Psychology. Is Psychology Ethnocentric: Imposed Ethics, Culture Bias and Indigenous Psychologies. Challenging Cross-Culturalism: Alternative Paradigms in Global Psychology. Part 2. Cultural Issues. Culture, Cognition and Intellect: Thinking Through Cultures. Culture, Social Cognition and Social Influence: Social Psychology Across Cultures. Culture and Child Development: Childhood Across Cultures. Culture and Abnormality: Definitions, Diagnoses and Treatment Across Cultures. Conclusions and Future Directions.
This series provides pre-undergraduate and first year undergraduates with appealing and useful books that will enable the student to expand their knowledge of key areas in psychology. The books go beyond the detail and discussion provided by general introductory books but will still be accessible and appropriate for this level. This series will bridge the gap between the all-encompassing general textbook and the currently available advanced topic-specific books which might be inaccessible to students who are studying such topics for the first time. Each book has a contemporary focus and fits into one of three main categories including Themes and Perspectives (such as Theoretical Approaches or Ethics), Specific Topics (such as Memory or Relationships) and Applied Areas (such as Psychology and Crime).