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Culture and Psychology

Culture and Psychology

416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Using an engaging storytelling approach, Culture and Psychology introduces students to culture from a scientific yet accessible point of view. Author Stephen Fox integrates art, literature, and music into each chapter to offer students a rich and complete picture of cultures from around the world. The text wholly captures students’ attention while addressing key concepts typically found in a Psychology of Culture or Cross-Cultural Psychology course. Chapters feature personalized, interdisciplinary stories to help students understand specific concepts and theories, and encourage them to make connections between the material and their own lives.
1. Introduction to the Psychological Study of Culture
1.1 The Journey of Culture  
1.2 What Is Culture?  
1.3 A Very Brief Prehistory of Culture  
1.4 Structural Components of Human Thought  
1.5 Human Groups  
1.6 Communication and Innovation  
1.7 Elements of Culture: Putting the Pieces Together  
2. Cultural Processes
2.1 Social Learning  
2.2 Tradition and Cultural Creation  
2.3 Cultural Learning and Transmission  
2.4 Identity Information and Cultural Processes  
2.5 Cultural Change  
2.6 Arts and Culture: Creating, Transmitting, and Leading the Changes  
3. Research Considerations and Methods for Cultural Context
3.1 Issues in the Psychological Study of Culture  
3.2 History of Culture and Psychology  
3.3 Approaches to Studying Psychology and Culture  
3.4 Participant Considerations in Cultural Research  
3.5 Methodological Considerations  
3.6 Issues of Replicability  
3.7 What Can We Measure in the Arts of a Culture?  
4. The Self Across Cultures
4.1 Persona: The Self as Individual  
4.2 Perspectives on the Self in Context  
4.3 I and We: Identifying Self and Other  
4.4 Self-Awareness, Perception, and Choice  
4.5 Evolving Dimensions of Self  
4.6 Arts and the Self  
5. Lifespan Development and Socialization in the Context of Culture
5.1 Perspectives on Development  
5.2 Birth and Infancy  
5.3 Childhood  
5.4 Adolescence Through Adulthood  
5.5 Death and Dying  
5.6 Arts and Development Across Cultures  
6. Close Relationships
6.1 Roles and Interpersonal Relationships  
6.2 Dyadic Relationships: Attraction  
6.3 Couples: Romance and Reality  
6.4 Marriage and Intimacy  
6.5 Art and Relationships  
7. Cognition and Perception
7.1 Thinking About the World: Culture and Cognition  
7.2 Culture and Perception  
7.3 Culture and Intelligence  
7.4 Culture and Consciousness  
7.5 Arts, Perception, and Cognition  
8. Communication and Emotion
8.1 Evolution and Human Communication  
8.2 Language Acquisition  
8.3 Cultural Patterns in Communication  
8.4 Emotions  
8.5 Emotion in Cultures  
8.6 Communication and Emotion in Arts  
9. Motivation and Morality
9.1 Motivation: Why We Choose What We Do  
9.2 Morality: Deciding What is Right  
9.3 Culture and Values  
9.4 Morals, Values, and Motivations Expressed in Arts  
10. Adaptation and Acculturation in a Changing World
10.1 Multiculturalism and Migration  
10.2 Acculturation and Adaptation  
10.3 Approaches to Psychological Study of Acculturation  
10.4 Sociocultural Contexts in Acculturation  
10.5 Outcomes in Acculturation  
10.6 Acculturation and Arts in Intercultural Contact  
11. Health and Well-Being
11.1 Health and Wellness  
11.2 Physical Health Around the World  
11.3 Understanding Well-Being  
11.4 Psychopathology and Culture  
11.5 Care and Treatment of Illness  
11.6 Arts and Well-Being  
12. Living in a Multicultural World
12.1 Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Psychology  
12.2 Applied Psychology: Working with Culture  
12.3 Culture, Competition, and Conflict  
12.4 Creating a Multicultural World: Hope for the Future  


Instructor Resources 

Free online resources for instructors are available on the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.

  • A test bank in Microsoft® Word provides a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a 

“The textbook is designed to open your horizons to see the bigger picture.”

Jill Haasch

“This book is very innovative and a refreshing new look at culture and psychology; it covers many topics in detail and appears to be inclusive of new and old ideas, values, and beliefs.”

Carol R. Huckaby
Albertus Magnus College
Key features

KEY FEATURES:          

  • A novel approach makes use of artistic, literary, and musical examples to explain psychological mechanisms and processes in ways students can understand and enjoy.      
  • A student-friendly writing style helps make difficult concepts more approachable without sacrificing scientific rigor.        
  • Concepts that build chapter by chapter lead to practical cultural considerations for business, clinical application, and education.         
  • In-text tools stimulate active engagement in the learning process:     
    • Opening vignettes ask students to imagine a situation relevant to a topic.    
    • Learning objectives for each section facilitate outcome assessment at every step.    
    • Spotlight examples tied to learning objectives elaborate on concepts.    
    • Why It Matters features explain the relevance of the chapter topics.   
    • A glossary and summary conclude each chapter.

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ISBN: 9781506364421