A Companion to Psychological AnthropologyModernity and Psychocultural Change
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology 1. Aufl.
This Companion provides the first definitive overview of psychocultural anthropology: a subject that focuses on cultural, psychological, and social interrelations across cultures. Brings together original essays by leading scholars in the field Offers an in-depth exploration of the concepts and topics that have emerged through contemporary ethnographic work and the processes of global change Key issues range from studies of consciousness and time, emotion, cognition, dreaming, and memory, to the lingering effects of racism and ethnocentrism, violence, identity and subjectivity
Synopsis of Contents x Notes on Contributors xvii Acknowledgments xxv Introduction 1 Part I Sensing, Feeling, and Knowing 15 1 Time and Consciousness 17 Kevin Birth 2 An Anthropology of Emotion 30 Charles Lindholm 3 "Effort After Meaning" in Everyday Life 48 Linda C. Garro 4 Culture and Learning 72 Patricia M. Greenfield 5 Dreaming in a Global World 90 Douglas Hollan 6 Memory and Modernity 103 Jennifer Cole Part II Language and Communication 121 7 Narrative Transformations 123 James M. Wilce, Jr. 8 Practical Logic and Autism 140 Elinor Ochs and Olga Solomon 9 Disability: Global Languages and Local Lives 168 Susan Reynolds Whyte Part III Ambivalence, Alienation, and Belonging 183 10 Identity 185 Daniel T. Linger 11 Self and Other in an "Amodern" World 201 A. David Napier 12 Immigrant Identities and Emotion 225 Katherine Pratt Ewing 13 Emotive Institutions 241 Geoffrey M. White 14 Urban Fear of Crime and Violence in Gated Communities 255 Setha M. Low 15 Race: Local Biology and Culture in Mind 274 Atwood D. Gaines 16 Unbound Subjectivities and New Biomedical Technologies 298 Margaret Lock 17 Globalization, Childhood, and Psychological Anthropology 315 Thomas S. Weisner and Edward D. Lowe 18 Drugs and Modernization 337 Michael Winkelman and Keith Bletzer 19 Ritual Practice and Its Discontents 358 Don Seeman 20 Spirit Possession 374 Erika Bourguignon 21 Witchcraft and Sorcery 389 René Devisch Part IV Aggression, Dominance, and Violence 417 22 Genocide and Modernity 419 Alexander Laban Hinton 23 Corporate Violence 436 Howard F. Stein 24 Political Violence 453 Christopher J. Colvin 25 The Politics of Remorse 469 Nancy Scheper-Hughes Afterword 495 Catherine Lutz Index 499
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Conerly Casey is Assistant Professor in the anthropology and psychology programs at the American University of Kuwait. Based on research with Muslim Hausa youths in northern Nigeria, she has published several articles and book chapters about the politics of identity and citizenship, media and mediated emotion, and violence, including 'Suffering and the Identification of Enemies in Northern Nigeria' in PoLAR (1998) and 'Mediated Hostility: Media, "Affective Citizenships" and Genocide in Northern Nigeria' in Genocide, Truth and Representation: Anthropological Approaches (2007), co-edited by Alexander Laban Hinton and Kevin O'Neill. Robert B. Edgerton is a University Scholar and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a past president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology and has published a number of books in the field, including Rules, Exceptions, and Social Order (1985), Sick Societies (1992), and Warrior Women (2000).
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. The Companion is an essential resource for teachers and students, as well as scholars, policy makers, and social service.
“A much needed and impressive book. Soundly linking issues of perennial interest to psychological anthropologists, these chapters make for a truly significant advance in anthropology. The pages sparkle with rich, innovative ideas drawn from carefully rendered research by leading scholars.” –Robert Desjarlais, Sarah Lawrence College “On the forefront of discussions about the relationship between culture and psyche, this exciting, wide-ranging collection makes clear how much the field has changed and developed in recent years.” –Tanya Luhrmann, University of Chicago
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