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2nd Edition

Psychology and Culture
Thinking, Feeling and Behaving in a Global Context

ISBN 9781138576803
Published March 7, 2019 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Lisa M. Vaughn is Professor of Pediatrics at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with a joint appointment in Educational Studies Community-Based Action Research at University of Cincinnati. Formally trained as a social psychologist.


'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

"The author discusses the basis of culture and presents related theories and concepts, including a description of how cognition and behaviour are influenced by different sociocultural contexts. The text explores a broad definition of culture and provides practical models to improve intercultural relations, communication, and cultural competency. The chapters cover topics including understanding and researching psychology and culture; self, multiple identities, and culture; human development, socialization, and culture; basic psychological processes and culture; intercultural interactions, acculturation, and living in a global world; health and culture; and intercultural communication and education."

L. A. Reisch & F. C. Doebbe, Journal of Consumer Policy