Palgrave Studies in Indigenous Psychology

Culture, Cognition, and Emotion in China's Religious Ethnic Minorities

Voices of Suffering among the Yi

Authors: Ting, Rachel Sing Kiat, Sundararajan, Louise

  • Challenges the classical understanding of cognition and emotion in western psychology
  • Models a sophisticated use of mixed methods, resulting in a synergy of both descriptive and explanatory approaches to data analysis
  • Displays collaborative research utilizing the disciplines of religion, anthropology, sociology, and psychology
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This study examines the suffering narratives of the Bimo and Christian religious communities of the Yi minority who reside in the remote mountains of Sichuan and Yunnan, China, respectively. It is informed by the theoretical framework of ecological rationality, which posits that religions influence and are influenced by cognitive styles that have co-evolved with the ecological niche of a culture. It was predicted and found that in times of adversity, traditional religious communities differ in emotion expression, causal attribution, and help-seeking behavior, with far-reaching ramifications for how they are uniquely vulnerable to the ravages of modernization. The authors hope that the voices of the study participants, heard through their harrowing narratives, may inspire a deepened sensitivity to the plight of rural Chinese communities as China races to become a superpower in the global economy.

About the authors

Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting is Associate Professor at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China, as well as a licensed psychologist. She advocates for the importance of indigenous psychology for Chinese ethnic minorities in disaster zones.

Louise Sundararajan received her PhD in History of Religions from Harvard University, and her EdD in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, USA. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and recipient of the Abraham Maslow Award from Division 32 of APA. She publishes extensively on culture and emotions.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • First Things First: Research Orientation and Background Information on Two Yi Communities in Southwest China

    Ting, Rachel Sing-Kiat (et al.)

    Pages 1-39

  • Narratives of Suffering

    Ting, Rachel Sing-Kiat (et al.)

    Pages 41-81

  • Suffering and Worldviews

    Ting, Rachel Sing-Kiat (et al.)

    Pages 83-124

  • Help-Seeking in Suffering

    Ting, Rachel Sing-Kiat (et al.)

    Pages 125-170

  • Emotions of Suffering

    Ting, Rachel Sing-Kiat (et al.)

    Pages 171-201

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-66059-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66058-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Culture, Cognition, and Emotion in China's Religious Ethnic Minorities
Book Subtitle
Voices of Suffering among the Yi
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Indigenous Psychology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66059-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66059-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66058-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 288
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 54 illustrations in colour
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