Psychology of Culture: A Course of Lectures / Edition 2

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This work presents Sapir's most comprehensive statement on the concepts of culture, on method and theory in anthropology and other social sciences, on personality organization, and on the individual's place in culture and society. Extensive discussions on the role of language and other symbolic systems in culture, ethnographic method, and social interaction are also included.

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In these 13 lectures, Sapir (1884-1939) presents a general theory of culture, with an emphasis on the individual's place in culture and the significance of symbolic structures and experience. Attention is also given to the social scientific understanding of culture, causes and elements of culture, its patterns and development, the role of personality, psychological types, socialization, and the relationship between culture and personality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110172829
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2nd ed., with a new introd. 2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction 1
1 The Term "Culture": Three uses of the term; culture as selection and value 23
2 The Concept of Culture in the Social Sciences: "Cultural" vs. "social"; methodological and epistemological problems in the social sciences in general, and anthropology in particular 40
3 Causes of Culture: To what extent do factors such as race, geography, psychology, and economy influence cultural form? 64
4 Elements of Culture: The contents of culture: trait inventory vs. functional pattern 84
5 The Patterning of Culture: The configurative point of view; language as example of patterning; an ethnographic example: the Nootka topati - a concept of 'privilege' 103
6 The Development of Culture: Concepts of progress and change; technological, moral, and aesthetic processes; developmental cycles 124
7 Personality: The individual as bearer of culture; definitions of personality; the psychiatric approach 139
8 Psychological Types: A review and critique of Jung 152
9 Psychological Aspects of Culture: The difficulty of delimiting a boundary between personality and culture; attitudes, values, and symbolic structures as cultural patterns; culture as "as-if" psychology; a critique of Benedict and Mead 175
10 The Adjustment of the Individual in Society: Individual adjustment and neurosis; adjustment to changing social conditions; socialization; can there be a true science of man? the emergence of culture in interpersonal relations 191
11 The Concept of "Primitive Mentality": Critiques of Freud, Levy-Bruhl, and Malinowski; the importance of aesthetic imagination as the form-giver of culture 208
12 Symbolism: Types of symbols; symbols and signs; speech as a symbolic system; symbolism and social psychology; etiquette 219
13 The Impact of Culture on Personality: The field of "Culture and Personality"; concluding remarks 239
References 247
Index 254
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