1st Edition

The Cultural Transition Human Experience and Social Transformation in the Third World and Japan

Edited By Merry I White, Susan Pollak Copyright 1986
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume makes available a wide variety of cultural perspectives on education and on economic and social progress. Contributors focus on three main questions, the answers to which are vital for understanding the needs of both national policy and personal fulfilment in widely differing cultures. The contributors examine the concept of the self that underlies the idea of virtue which facilitates learning in Japan, the Confucian-style bonding between generations in Chinese society and the authority of the traditional teacher with the modern Quaranic School. They study phenomena as diverse as the effect of Christian and Islamic influence on the native cultures of Africa, and the life strategies of Japanese business women, spanning a geographical range from Morocco to Fiji.

    Part 1: Psychologies of the Person and Cultural Context for Personal Change 1. Psychotherapy and culture: healing in the Indian tradition  Sudhir Kakar  2. Source and Influence: A Comparative Approach to African Religion and Culture  Lamin Sanneh  3. Healing and Transformation: Perspectives on Development, Education and Community Richard Katz  4. Social Change and Personal Crisis: A View from an Indian Practice  B. K. Ramanujam  Part 2: Social Organization and Environments for Learning  5. The Making of a Fqih: the Transformation of Traditional Islamic Teachers in Modern Cultural Adaptation  Jennifer E. Spratt and Daniel A. Wagner  6. Cultural Continuity in an Educational Institution: A Case Study of the Suzuki Method of Music Instruction  Lois Taniuchi  7. Learning Elementary School Mathematics as a Culturally Conditioned Process  Carlos E. Vasco  Part 3: Cultural Perspectives on the Life Course  8. The Work of Mourning: Death in a Punjabi Family  Veena Das  9. "Heart" and Self in Old Age: a Chinese Model"  Julia Shiang 10. Skills and Life Strategies of Japanese Business Women Sumiko Iwao 11. Selfhood in Context: Some Indian Solutions  Prakash Desai and Alfred Collins


    Merry I White, Susan Pollak