The increasing globalization of society is causing shifts in social, linguistic, religious, and other cultural differences, which may increase the potential for misunderstandings in communication, the workplace, health care, and education. The new second edition of Psychology and Culture provides an up-to-date overview of the cultural dimensions of psychology and the application to everyday settings.
Vaughn presents a description of how thinking and behaviour are influenced by sociocultural context. Areas of focus include the basis of culture; research in psychology and culture; identity; human development; intercultural interactions; and basic psychological processes. The text explores a broader definition of culture which includes social dimensions, such as gender, religion, and socioeconomic status, and provides practical models to improve intercultural relations, intercultural communication, and cultural competency in education, organizations, relationships, and health. Written in a reader-friendly style, the text covers a broad range of topics with numerous examples across cultures to make the content come to life.
The book covers transdisciplinary content in psychology and culture that will be of interest not only to psychologists interested in cultural issues and to scholars in related disciplines, but also to a more general audience seeking information on questions of cultural humility, globalization, multiple identities, social ecological processes, immigration, acculturation, and related topics.
'This textbook sets the foundation for what cultural psychology means today. It explores well-established psychological theories from a multicultural perspective and addresses critiques of how these theories have not historically taken different cultural backgrounds into consideration. In our diverse world, books like Vaughn’s are necessary to help us understand our peers and build a future that benefits all.'
Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, DePaul University, Director, Center for Community Research
Chapter 1: Introductory concepts
Chapter 2: Understanding and Researching Psychology and Culture
Chapter 3: Self, Multiple Identities & Culture
Chapter 4: Human development/ socialization and culture
Chapter 5: Basic psychological processes and culture
Chapter 6: Intercultural interactions, acculturation, and living in a global world
Chapter 7: Relationships, sexuality, and culture
Chapter 8: Health and culture
Chapter 9: Intercultural communication and education
Chapter 10: Work/organizations and culture