A Companion to Psychological Anthropology. Modernity and Psychocultural Change. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology

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  • 552 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The late twentieth century witnessed a rapid acceleration of globalizing processes, resulting in dramatic changes to the ways in which individuals experience emerging or dissolving cultural communities. It is therefore a critical time to highlight the work of psychocultural anthropology with its focus on cultural, psychological, and social interrelations at all levels and across cultures.A Companion to Psychological Anthropology is a groundbreaking volume that brings together leading scholars for a first definitive overview of contemporary ethnographic work and the processes of global change. TheCompanion is an essential resource for teachers and students, as well as scholars, policy makers, and social service.
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Synopsis of Contents x

Notes on Contributors xvii

Acknowledgments xxv

Introduction 1

Part I Sensing, Feeling, and Knowing 15

1 Time and Consciousness 17Kevin Birth

2 An Anthropology of Emotion 30Charles Lindholm

3 "Effort After Meaning" in Everyday Life 48Linda C. Garro

4 Culture and Learning 72Patricia M. Greenfield

5 Dreaming in a Global World 90Douglas Hollan

6 Memory and Modernity 103Jennifer Cole

Part II Language and Communication 121

7 Narrative Transformations 123James M. Wilce, Jr.

8 Practical Logic and Autism 140Elinor Ochs and Olga Solomon

9 Disability: Global Languages and Local Lives 168Susan Reynolds Whyte

Part III Ambivalence, Alienation, and Belonging 183

10 Identity 185Daniel T. Linger

11 Self and Other in an "Amodern" World 201A. David Napier

12 Immigrant Identities and Emotion 225Katherine Pratt Ewing

13 Emotive Institutions 241Geoffrey M. White

14 Urban Fear of Crime and Violence in Gated Communities 255Setha M. Low

15 Race: Local Biology and Culture in Mind 274Atwood D. Gaines

16 Unbound Subjectivities and New Biomedical Technologies 298Margaret Lock

17 Globalization, Childhood, and Psychological Anthropology 315Thomas S. Weisner and Edward D. Lowe

18 Drugs and Modernization 337Michael Winkelman and Keith Bletzer

19 Ritual Practice and Its Discontents 358Don Seeman

20 Spirit Possession 374Erika Bourguignon

21 Witchcraft and Sorcery 389René Devisch

Part IV Aggression, Dominance, and Violence 417

22 Genocide and Modernity 419Alexander Laban Hinton

23 Corporate Violence 436Howard F. Stein

24 Political Violence 453Christopher J. Colvin

25 The Politics of Remorse 469Nancy Scheper–Hughes

Afterword 495Catherine Lutz

Index 499

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"This ambitious volume argues for the relevance and necessity for psychocultural perspectives for understanding globalization and its discontents.... I can not do justice here to the intriguing examples, case studies, and discussions of methodologies drawn from the authors′ own research that make these essays grounded and engaging reading." ( Anthropos , 2009)
"Absolutely without an equal among texts in the field ... this volume (is) particularly user friendly for instructors and readers." (Choice)
"What a wonderful surprise! Having edited, reviewed and contributed to many anthologies, I approached this Companion skeptically ... But the uniformly high quality of the writing soon won me over ... This volume achieves its goals of introducing new readers to psychological anthropology and of contributing to ′its growing vigor′." (Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology)
"Any publication which draws the attention of psychologists to the existence of other cultures is extremely welcome ... This book can be recommended for its broad coverage and its range of interesting ideas. All university libraries catering for courses in psychology or in any sociological field should consider acquiring a copy." (Reference Reviews)
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