Psychology in Human and Social Development: Lessons from Diverse Cultures: A Festschrift for Durganand Sinhaby John D. Berry
Pub. Date: 04/15/2003
Publisher: SAGE Publications
For a long time psychology's main concern was to become another natural science, from where it borrowed concepts, ideas, and methods. It evolved its theoretical structures based on models used in the Western world of science, and the laboratory became the best site for the study of a variety of micro-level phenomena with little concern for problems requiring global
For a long time psychology's main concern was to become another natural science, from where it borrowed concepts, ideas, and methods. It evolved its theoretical structures based on models used in the Western world of science, and the laboratory became the best site for the study of a variety of micro-level phenomena with little concern for problems requiring global or macro-level treatment - such as the role of social, cultural and economic variables.
With the development of cross-cultural psychology in the 1960s - through the efforts of Durganand Sinha, Gustav Jahoda, Jan Deregowski and John Dawson - culture came to be regarded as the context or system, and human behaviour as adaptive to this context. This collection of essays pursues this line of thought admirably. Consisting of an introduction and thirteen articles by eminent scholars, the book deals with the following issues:
· new lines of thinking about cognition, emotion, personality, and mental health;
· the language and practice of the "real people" in real or concrete interactional or transactional situations;
· the shift in methodology from experimentation to the use of observational and ethnographic methods;
· the movement from mainstream psychology to applied social psychology;
· the recent concern in development psychology with quality of life (QOL).
An important collection that demonstrates how a culturally appropriate psychology can only be developed and practised on the basis of a cultural understanding of individuals or groups.
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Table of Contents
Contemporary Psychology and the Mutual Understanding of India and Europe - A C Paranjpe
Implications of Culture for Psychological Knowledge - Girishwar Misra
Is Abnegation a Basic Experiential Trait in Traditional Societies? - Rogelio Diaz-Guerrero
The Case of Mexico
Psychology of Language Acquisition and Bilingualism in India - A K Mohanty
The Cultural Input
Disadvantaged Children's Deficiency in Learning to Read - Jerry S Carlson and J P Das
What's the Remedy?
An Ecological Perspective on Mental Health Problems of Tribal Children - R C Mishra
Being and Becoming - T S Saraswathi
A Child, Youth, Adult and 'Respectably' Aged in India
Multicultural Attitudes and Identities in Canada - John W Berry
Women, Work and Family in Urban India - Shalini Bharat
Towards New Families?
Leadership Research - R N Kanungo and J A Conger
Basic Assumptions, Modal Orientations and Future Directions
East and West in Harmony - Henry S R Kao and Ng Sek Hong
A Glimpse of Managerial Practices among Chinese Corporations in Hong Kong
School-Based Social Services as a Strategy for Community Empowerment and Human Development - Wayne H Holtzman
Culture as a Factor in Community Interventions - R C Tripathi
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