A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change / Edition 1

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The late twentieth century witnessed a rapid acceleration of globalizing processes, resulting in dramatic changes to the ways in which individuals experience emerging or dissolving cultural communities. It is therefore a critical time to highlight the work of psychocultural anthropology with its focus on cultural, psychological, and social interrelations at all levels and across cultures. A Companion to Psychological Anthropology is a groundbreaking volume that brings together leading scholars for a first definitive overview of contemporary ethnographic work and the processes of global change. The Companion is an essential resource for teachers and students, as well as scholars, policy makers, and social service.
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

"Absolutely without an equal among texts in the field ... this volume (is) particularly user friendly for instructors and readers."

"What a wonderful surprise! Having edited, reviewed and contributed to many anthologies, I approached this Companion skeptically ... But the uniformly high quality of the writing soon won me over ... This volume achieves its goals of introducing new readers to psychological anthropology and of contributing to 'its growing vigor'."
Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

"Any publication which draws the attention of psychologists to the existence of other cultures is extremely welcome ... This book can be recommended for its broad coverage and its range of interesting ideas. All university libraries catering for courses in psychology or in any sociological field should consider acquiring a copy."
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“A much needed and impressive book. Soundly linking issues of perennial interest to psychological anthropologists, these chapters make for a truly significant advance in anthropology. The pages sparkle with rich, innovative ideas drawn from carefully rendered research by leading scholars.”
Robert Desjarlais, Sarah Lawrence College

“On the forefront of discussions about the relationship between culture and psyche, this exciting, wide-ranging collection makes clear how much the field has changed and developed in recent years.”
Tanya Luhrmann, University of Chicago

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Table of Contents

Synopsis of Contents     x
Notes on Contributors     xvii
Acknowledgments     xxv
Introduction     1
Sensing, Feeling, and Knowing     15
Time and Consciousness   Kevin Birth     17
An Anthropology of Emotion   Charles Lindholm     30
"Effort After Meaning" in Everyday Life   Linda C. Garro     48
Culture and Learning   Patricia M. Greenfield     72
Dreaming in a Global World   Douglas Hollan     90
Memory and Modernity   Jennifer Cole     103
Language and Communication     121
Narrative Transformations   James M. Wilce, Jr.     123
Practical Logic and Autism   Elinor Ochs   Olga Solomon     140
Disability: Global Languages and Local Lives   Susan Reynolds Whyte     168
Ambivalence, Alienation, and Belonging     183
Identity   Daniel T. Linger     185
Self and Other in an "Amodern" World   A. David Napier     201
Immigrant Identities and Emotion   Katherine Pratt Ewing     225
Emotive Institutions   Geoffrey M. White     241
Urban Fearof Crime and Violence in Gated Communities   Setha M. Low     255
Race: Local Biology and Culture in Mind   Atwood D. Gaines     274
Unbound Subjectivities and New Biomedical Technologies   Margaret Lock     298
Globalization, Childhood, and Psychological Anthropology   Thomas S. Weisner   Edward D. Lowe     315
Drugs and Modernization   Michael Winkelman   Keith Bletzer     337
Ritual Practice and Its Discontents   Don Seeman     358
Spirit Possession   Erika Bourguignon     374
Witchcraft and Sorcery   Rene Devisch     389
Aggression, Dominance, and Violence     417
Genocide and Modernity   Alexander Laban Hinton     419
Corporate Violence   Howard F. Stein     436
Political Violence   Christopher J. Colvin     453
The Politics of Remorse   Nancy Scheper-Hughes     469
Afterword   Catherine Lutz     495
Index     499
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