Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Berry, J. W., Poortinga, Y. H., Segall, M. H., & Dasen, P. R. (1992). Cross-cultural psychology: Research and applications. New York: Cambridge University press.

This book is a comprehensive overview of cross-cultural studies in psychological development, social behavior, personality, cognition, and perception. It covers theory and applications to acculturation, ethnic and minority groups, work, communication, health, and national development. Cast within an ecological and cultural framework, it views the development and display of human behavior as the outcome of both ecological and sociopolitical influneces, and it adopts a "universalistic" position with respect to the range of similarities and differences in human behavior across cultures: basic psychological processes are assumed to be shared human characteristics, but culture plays variations on these underlying similarities.

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