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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Contents

Ethnopsychology
21
Cognitive anthropology
47
Schemes for schemata
59
The woman who climbed up the house some limitations of schema theory
68
Language as tool in the socialization and apprehension of cultural meanings
83
Human development in psychological anthropology
102
Putting people in biology toward a synthesis of biological and psychological anthropology
125
Cupid and Psyche investigative syncretism in biological and psychosocial anthropology
150
A prologue to a psychiatric anthropology
206
Hungry bodies medicine and the state toward a critical psychological anthropology
221
Is psychoanalysis relevant for anthropology?
251
Intent and meaning in psychoanalysis and cultural study
269
Some thoughts on hermeneutics and psychoanalytic anthropology
294
Polarity and plurality Franz Boas as psychological anthropologist
311
Anthropology and psychology an unrequited relationship
324
Index
350

Culture and psychopathology directions for psychiatric anthropology
181

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About the author (1992)

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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