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Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context

Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-Being

Chirkov, Valery I., Ryan, Richard, Sheldon, Kennon M. (Eds.)

2011, XIV, 286 p.

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  • Theoretical and conceptual account of the nature and psychological mechanisms of personal motivational autonomy and human agency Offers rich multidisciplinary empirical evidence supporting the claims and propositions about the nature of human autonomy and capacities for self-regulation Includes explanations of how and why different psychological and socio-cultural conditions may play a role in promoting or undermining people's autonomous motivation and well-being
This collection of multi-disciplinary essays explores the nature of personal autonomy, considering its developmental origins, its expression within relationships, its importance within groups and organizational functioning, and its role in promoting the democratic and economic development of societies. In Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context: Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-Being, the starting point for all essays is self-determination theory, which is an integrated theory of human motivation and healthy development that has been under development for more than three decades. From there, the essays go on to provide the following: a theoretical and conceptual account of the nature and psychological mechanisms of personal motivational autonomy and human agency; rich, multidisciplinary empirical evidence supporting the claims and propositions about the nature of human autonomy and capacities for self-regulation; explanations of how and why different psychological and socio-cultural conditions may play a role in promoting or undermining people’s autonomous motivation and well-being; and discussions of how the promotion of human autonomy can positively influence environmental protection, democracy promotion and economic prosperity. While the topics in this text are varied, the authors all share a vision that human autonomy is a fundamental pre-condition for both individuals and groups to thrive. They also collectively believe that without understanding the nature and mechanisms of autonomous agency, vital social and human problems cannot be satisfactorily addressed.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Autonomous motivation - Psychological well-being - basic psychological needs - cross-cultural research - social and cultural context

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine - Personality & Social Psychology - Psychology - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Introduction. The Struggle for Autonomy in Personal and Cultural contexts: An Overview Valery I. Chirkov, Kennon M. Sheldon, and Richard M. Ryan Part 1. A Theoretical Context of Human Autonomy, People’s Well-Being, and Happiness 1. Positive Psychology and Self-Determination Theory: A Natural Interface Kennon M. Sheldon and Richard M. Ryan 2. A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Social, Institutional, Cultural, and Economic Supports for Autonomy and their Importance for Well-being Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci 3. Dialectical Relationships among Human Autonomy, the Brain, and Culture Valery I. Chirkov Part II. Human autonomy across cultures and domains of life: health, education, interpersonal relationships, and work 4. The Role of Autonomy in Promoting Healthy Dyadic, Familial, and Parenting Relationships across Cultures C. Raymond Knee and Ahmet Uysal 5. Do Social Institutions Necessarily Suppress Individuals’ Need for Autonomy? The Possibility of Schools as Autonomy Promoting Contexts across the Globe Johnmarshall Reeve and Avi Assor 6. Well-being, Physical Health, and Personal Autonomy Geoffrey Williams, Pedro J. Teixeira, Eliana Carraca, and Ken Resnicow 7. Autonomy in the Workplace: An Essential Ingredient to Employee Engagement and Well-Being in Every Culture Marylène Gagné and Devasheesh Bhave Part III. Human autonomy in modern economy, democracy development, and sustainability 8. Capitalism and Autonomy Tim Kasser 9. Economy, People’s Personal Autonomy, and Well-Being Maurizio Pugno 10. The Development of Conceptions of Personal Autonomy, Rights and Democracy and their Relation to Psychological Well-Being Charles C. Helwig and Justin McNeil 11. Personal Autonomy and Environmental Sustainability Luc G. Pelletier, Daniel Baxter, and Veronika Huta

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