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Why Do Men Barbecue?
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 419

Why Do Men Barbecue?

Why do American children sleep alone instead of with their parents? Why do middle-aged Western women yearn for their youth, while young wives in India look forward to being middle-aged? In these essays, the author reminds us that cultural differences in mental life lie at the heart of any understanding of the human condition. Drawing on ethnographic studies of the distinctive modes of psychological functioning in communities around the world, Richard Shweder explores ethnic and cultural differences in ideals of gender, in the life of the emotions, in conceptions of mature adulthood and the stages of life, and in moral judgments about right and wrong. The knowable world, Shweder observes, is incomplete if seen from any one point of view, incoherent if seen from all points of view at once, and empty if seen from nowhere in particular. This work strives for the "view from manywheres" in a culturally diverse yet interdependent world.

Thinking Through Cultures
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 404

Thinking Through Cultures

What Shweder calls for is an exploration of the human mind, and of one's own mind, by thinking through the ideas and practices of other peoples and their cultures. He examines evidence of cross-cultural similarities and differences in mind, self, emotion, and morality with special reference to the cultural psychology of a traditional Hindu temple town in India, where he has done considerable work in comparative anthropology.

Culture Theory
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 359

Culture Theory

The relationship between everyday experience and culture - seen as a set of ideas, values, or symbolic codes - has challenged social scientists and especially anthropologists, for more than a century. As a comprehensive and critical account of knowledge and research in the field of culture theory, leading social scientists explore the implications for understanding different aspects of subjective experience, social practice, and individual behavior. The focus of the volume is on the role of symbols and meaning in the development of mind, self, and emotion. They examine the content of culture and how it interacts with cognitive, social, and emotional growth; how ideas relate to attitudes, fee...

Engaging Cultural Differences
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 504

Engaging Cultural Differences

Liberal democracies are based on principles of inclusion and tolerance. But how does the principle of tolerance work in practice in countries such as Germany, France, India, South Africa, and the United States, where an increasingly wide range of cultural groups holds often contradictory beliefs about appropriate social and family life practices? As these democracies expand to include peoples of vastly different cultural backgrounds, the limits of tolerance are being tested as never before. Engaging Cultural Differences explores how liberal democracies respond socially and legally to differences in the cultural and religious practices of their minority groups. Building on such examples, the ...

Semantic Structures and Personality Assessment
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 554

Semantic Structures and Personality Assessment

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  • Published: 1972
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Welcome to Middle Age! : (and Other Cultural Fictions).
  • Language: en

Welcome to Middle Age! : (and Other Cultural Fictions).

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  • Published: Unknown
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Stages of Thought
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 334

Stages of Thought

This work approaches the question of the relationship of religious to scientific thought. The author argues that they evolved together and are therefore complementary.

Metatheory in Social Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 390

Metatheory in Social Science

What is the nature of the social sciences? What kinds of knowledge can they—and should they—hope to create? Are objective viewpoints possible and can universal laws be discovered? Questions like these have been asked with increasing urgency in recent years, as some philosophers and researchers have perceived a "crisis" in the social sciences. Metatheory in Social Science offers many provocative arguments and analyses of basic conceptual frameworks for the study of human behavior. These are offered primarily by practicing researchers and are related to problems in disciplines as diverse as sociology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and philosophy of science. While various points of ...

Does the Concept of the Person Vary Cross-culturally?
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 42

Does the Concept of the Person Vary Cross-culturally?

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1991
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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