Psychology and Culture
Thinking, Feeling and Behaving in a Global Context
By Lisa Vaughn
Psychology Press – 2010 – 280 pages
Series: Psychology Focus
With increasing globalization, countries face social, linguistic, religious and other cultural changes that can lead to misunderstandings in a variety of settings. These changes can have broader implications across the world, leading to changing dynamics in identity, gender, relationships, family, and community. This book addresses the subsequent need for a basic understanding of the cultural dimensions of psychology and their application to everyday settings.
The book discusses the basis of culture and presents related theories and concepts, including a description of how cognition and behavior are influenced by different sociocultural contexts. The text explores a broad definition of culture and provides practical models to improve intercultural relations, communication, and cultural competency.
Each chapter contains an introduction, a concise overview of the topic, a practical application of the topic using current global examples, and a brief summary. This up to date overview of psychology and culture is ideal reading for undergraduate and graduate students and academics interested in culturally related topics and issues.
"This is a very succinct and clear introduction to psychological differences across cultures. It covers a very broad area of research and is well referenced with up-to-date papers and books. It is a well-written and highly accessible text." – Adrian Furnham, Department of Psychology, University College London, UK
1. Introductory Concepts. 2. Identity and Culture. 3. Intercultural Interactions and Acculturation. 4. Human Development/Socialization and Culture. 5. Basic Psychological Processes and Culture. 6. Intercultural Communication and Education. 7. Work/Organizations and Culture. 8. Relationships, Sexuality and Culture. 9. Health and Culture. Further Reading.
Lisa M. Vaughn is Associate Professor in Paediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is trained as a social psychologist, counsellor and medical educator and her primary interests are sociocultural issues affecting the health and well-being of families, especially immigrant and minority populations.