New Directions in Psychological Anthropology

New Directions in Psychological Anthropology

by Theodore Schwartz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521415926

ISBN-13: 9780521415927

Pub. Date: 01/21/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The field of psychological anthropology has changed a great deal since the 1940s and 1950s, when it was often known as "Culture and Personality Studies." Rooted in psychoanalytic psychology, its early practitioners sought to extend that psychology through the study of cross-cultural variation in personality and child-rearing practices. Psychological anthropology has…  See more details below

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The field of psychological anthropology has changed a great deal since the 1940s and 1950s, when it was often known as "Culture and Personality Studies." Rooted in psychoanalytic psychology, its early practitioners sought to extend that psychology through the study of cross-cultural variation in personality and child-rearing practices. Psychological anthropology has since developed in a number of new directions. Tensions between individual experience and collective meanings remain as central to the field as they were fifty years ago, but, alongside fresh versions of the psychoanalytic approach, other approaches to the study of cognition, emotion, the body, and the very nature of subjectivity have been introduced. And in the place of an earlier tendency to treat a "culture" as an undifferentiated whole, psychological anthropology now recognizes the complex internal structure of cultures.

The contributors to this state-of-the-art collection are all leading figures in contemporary psychological anthropology, and they write about recent developments in the field. Sections of the book discuss cognition, developmental psychology, biology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, areas that have always been integral to psychological anthropology but which are now being transformed by new perspectives on the body, meaning, agency and communicative practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521415927
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/21/1993
Series:
Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction1
ICognition and social selves
1Ethnopsychology21
2Cognitive anthropology47
3Schemes for schemata59
4The woman who climbed up the house: some limitations of schema theory68
IILearning to be human
5Language as tool in the socialization and apprehension of cultural meanings83
6Human development in psychological anthropology102
IIIThe body's person
7Putting people in biology: toward a synthesis of biological and psychological anthropology125
8Cupid and Psyche: investigative syncretism in biological and psychosocial anthropology150
IVPsychiatry and its contexts
9Culture and psychopathology: directions for psychiatric anthropology181
10A prologue to a psychiatric anthropology206
11Hungry bodies, medicine, and the state: toward a critical psychological anthropology221
VPsychoanalytic approaches
12Is psychoanalysis relevant for anthropology?251
13Intent and meaning in psychoanalysis and cultural study269
14Some thoughts on hermeneutics and psychoanalytic anthropology294
VIDisciplinary perspectives
15Polarity and plurality: Franz Boas as psychological anthropologist311
16Anthropology and psychology: an unrequited relationship324
Index350

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