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Working at the Interface of Cultures

Eighteen Lives in Social Science, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Harris Bond


224 pages

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Behind the mask of objective science lie the dynamics of what happens to scientists who go to live and work in another culture. Those who work and study in an alien culture often find themselves changed in ways that affect their scientific work. How does this challenge, stimulate, provoke, suggest and inspire advances and novelty in their theories, methods and instruments?

Originally published in 1997, each of the essays in this title explores these issues through the experiences of a distinguished practitioner, describing the process of intellectual growth and development. Chosen for their extensive experience with people holding a different worldview, the authors have all achieved renown for their contributions to the social science of culture.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors. Preface. 1. What Kind of Game in a Far-Away Forest? Ernest E. Boesch 2. A Natural Experiment: Nature Runs an Untidy Laboratory George M. Guthrie 3. Always Something New Out of Africa Gustav Jahoda 4. Raised in a Collectivist Culture, One May Become an Individualist Harry C. Triandis 5. The Archimedes Effect Geert Hofstede 6. Indigenising Westernised Chinese Psychology Kuo-shu Yang 7. In Search of my Brahman Jai B.P. Sinha 8. The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of a Psychologist Edward E. Sampson 9. Tales that Wag the Dog: Globalisation and the Emergence of Postmodern Psychology Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen 10. The Double Life of a Bilingual: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Anna Wierzbicka 11. Crossing the Bosphorus: Toward a Socially Relevant and Culturally Sensitive Career in Psychology Çiğdem Kağitçibaşi 12. Cruising the World: A Nomad in Academe J.W. Berry 13. Enculturation of a Semi-Alien: Journeyings in the Construction and Reconstruction of Identity Peter Weinreich 14. Bridging Spiritual Sojourns and Social Science Research in Native Communities Joseph E. Trimble 15. Two Decades of Chasing the Dragon: A Canadian Psychologist Assesses his Career in Hong Kong Michael Harris Bond 16. The Haji Baba of Georgetown Fathali M. Moghaddam 17. An Intercultural Journey: The Four Seasons Stella Ting-Toomey. Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Ethnopsychology