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Indigenous and Cultural Psychology

Understanding People in Context

Kim, Uichol, Yang, Kuo-Shu, Hwang, Kwang-Kuo (Eds.)

2006, XXI, 518 p.

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It was once assumed that the bedrock concepts of psychology held true for all the world’s peoples. More recently, post-modern approaches to research have expanded on these Western models, building a psychology that takes into account the sociopolitical, historical, religious, ecological, and other indigenous factors that make every culture, as well as every person as agents of their own actions.

Indigenous and Cultural Psychology surveys psychological and behavioral phenomena in native context in various developing and developed countries, with particular focus on Asia. An international team of 28 experts clarifies culture-specific concepts (such as paternalism and the Japanese concept of amae), models integrative methods of study, and dispels typical misconceptions about the field and its goals. The results reflect culturally sound frames of reference while remaining rigorous, systematic, and verifiable. These approaches provide a basis for the discovery of true psychological universals.

Among the topics featured:

  • Scientific and philosophical bases of indigenous psychology
  • Comparisons of indigenous, cultural, and cross-cultural psychologies
  • Socialization, parent-child relationship, and family
  • The private and public self: concepts from East Asia, Europe, and the Americas
  • Interpersonal relationships: concepts from East Asia, Europe,, and the U.S.
  • Factors promoting educational achievement and organizational effectiveness in Asia
  • The growth and indigenization of psychology in developing and developed countries
  • Are any values, attitudes, beliefs and traits universal? Cross-national comparisons
  • The potential for indigenous psychology to lead to a global psychology

With this book, the editors have captured a growing field at a crucial stage in its evolution. Indigenous and Cultural Psychology benefits students and researchers on two levels, offering groundbreaking findings on understudied concepts, and signaling future directions in universal knowledge.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Focusing - cultural psychology - culture - psychology - socialization

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Psychology

Table of contents / Sample pages 

Section I Theoretical and Methodological Issues: Contributions To Indigenous And Cultural Psychology: Understanding People in Context.- The Scientific Foundation of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology: The Transactional Approach.- The Importance of Constructive Realism for The Indigenous Psychologies Approach.- Constructive Realism and Confucian Relationalism: An Epistemological Strategy for the Development of Indigenous Psychology.- From Decolonizing Psychology to the Development of a Cross-Indigenous Perspective in Methodology: The Philippine Experience. – Section II Family and Socialization: Parental Ethnotheories of Child Development: Looking beyond Independence and Individualism in American Belief Systems.- Close Interpersonal Relationships among Japanese: Amae as Distinguished from Attachment and Dependence.- Affect and Early Moral Socialization: Some Insights and Contributions from Indigenous Psychological Studies in Taiwan.- Cultures are Like All Other Cultures, Like Some Other Cultures, Like No Other Culture.- Section III Cognitive Processes: The Mutual Relevance of Indigenous Psychology and Morality.- Native Dialectism and the Tao of Chinese Thought.- Indian Perspectives on Cognition.- Section IV Self and Personality: Indigenous Personality Research: The Chinese Case.- Site Under Construction: An Ethnopsychological Representation of Mexican Self-Concept.- The Chinese Conception of the Self: Towards a Person-making Perspective.- Naïve Psychology of Koreans’ Interpersonal Mind and Behavior in Close Relationships.- Section V Application: Humanism-Materialism: Century-long Polish Cultural Origins and Twenty Years of Research in Cultural Psychology.- Chinese Conception of Justice and Reward Allocation.- Family, Parent-Child Relationship and Academic Achievement in Korea: Indigenous Psychological Analysis.- Paternalism: Towards Conceptual Refinement andOperationalization.- Creating Indigenous Psychologies: Insights from Empirical Social Studies of the Science of Psychology.- Biographical Sketch.- Index.

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