New Directions in Psychological Anthropology

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Theodore Schwartz, Geoffrey M. White, Catherine A. Lutz
Cambridge University Press, 1992 - Psychology - 352 pages
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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 abour 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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Schwartz, Deprtment of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

T. Fujitani is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. Geoffrey M. White is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai???i and Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Lisa Yoneyama is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Japanese Studies at University of California, San Diego.

Lutz, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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