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The contributors to this state-of-the-art collection are prominent figures in psychological anthropology, and they write about recent developments in this field. Rooted in psychoanalytic psychology, the early practitioners in the forties and fifties concentrated on studying cross-cultural variation in child rearing practices. While tensions between individual experience and collective meanings are still central to psychological anthropology, alongside fresh versions of the psychoanalytic approaches, other approaches to the study of cognition, emotion, and ethnopsychology have been introduced. Psychological anthropology's present scope includes the psychology of cognition and affect, to which it has made substantial contributions.
Introduction Geoffrey M. White and Catherine A. Lutz; Part I. Cognition and Social Selves: 1. Ethnopsychology Geoffrey M. White; 2. Cognitive anthropology Roy G. D'Andrade; 3. Schemes for schemata Janet Dixon Keller; 4. The woman who climbed up the house: some limitations of schema theory Dorothy Holland; Part II. Learning to be Human: 5. Language as tool in the socialization and apprehension of cultural meanings Peggy J. Miller and Lisa Hoogstra; 6. Human development in psychological anthropology Sara Harkness; Part III. The Body's Person: 7. Putting people in biology: toward a synthesis of biological and psychological anthropology James S. Chisholm; 8. Cupid and Psyche: investigative syncretism in biological and psychosocial anthropology Carol M. Worthman; Part IV. Psychiatry and its Contexts: 9. Culture and psychopathology: directions for psychiatric anthropology Bryon J. Good; 10. A prologue to a psychiatric anthropology Robert I. Levy; 11. Hungry bodies, medicine, and the state: toward a critical psychological anthropology Nancy Scheper-Hughes; Part V. Psychoanalytic Approaches: 12. Is psychoanalysis relevant for anthropology? Katherine P. Ewing; 13. Intent and meaning in psychoanalysis and cultural study Bertram J. Cohler; 14. Some thoughts on hermeneutics and psychoanalytic anthropology Vincent Crapanzano; Part VI. Disciplinary Perspectives: 15. Polarity and plurality: Franz Boas as psychological anthropologist George W. Stocking, Jr.; 16. Anthropology and psychology: an unrequited relationship Theodore Schwartz; Index.