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
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
9. Economy, People’s Personal Autonomy, and Well-Being
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