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Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology

Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context

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

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

  • 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

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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.

About the authors

Valery Chirkov received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Rochester, Rochester NY. He is an associate professor in Culture and Human Development and Applied Social Psychology programs in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. His research interests concern the application of self-determination theory of human motivation in cross-cultural research, psychology of immigration and acculturation, culture and well-being.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Struggle for Happiness and Autonomy in Cultural and Personal Contexts: An Overview

    Chirkov, Valery I. (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Positive Psychology and Self-Determination Theory: A Natural Interface

    Sheldon, Kennon M. (et al.)

    Pages 33-44

  • A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Social, Institutional, Cultural, and Economic Supports for Autonomy and Their Importance for Well-Being

    Ryan, Richard M. (et al.)

    Pages 45-64

  • Dialectical Relationships Among Human Autonomy, the Brain, and Culture

    Chirkov, Valery I.

    Pages 65-91

  • The Role of Autonomy in Promoting Healthy Dyadic, Familial, and Parenting Relationships Across Cultures

    Knee, C. Raymond (et al.)

    Pages 95-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context
Book Subtitle
Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-Being
Editors
  • Valery I. Chirkov
  • Richard M. Ryan
  • Kennon M. Sheldon
Series Title
Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9667-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9667-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9666-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3453-1
Series ISSN
2210-5417
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 286
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