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Published: 18 August 2005

472 Pages | numerous halftones, tables and 1 line drawing


ISBN: 9780195171990

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The Middle East

A Cultural Psychology

Gary S. Gregg
David Matsumoto

Culture, Cognition, and Behavior

  • Offers interpretive synthesis of the scholarly literature, based on a life-span developmental model
  • Provides background on Middle East for readers unfamiliar with region, and background on psychological theories for readers unfamiliar with theories of development
  • Avoids "national character" or "Arab personality" formulations, and emphasizes differences between men and women, ways of life (nomadic - agricultural- urban), traditional, modernizing and underdeveloping milieus, and the great range of individual variation
  • Clarifies and offers new perspectives on critical issues: whether Arab-Muslim culture breeds fanatacism; whether traditional child-rearing fosters psychological authoritarianism; cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity; the duality of "modern" and "traditional" identities; the mixture of individualist and collectivist orientations; the psychological consequences of political despostism

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