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Cultural Psychology

Exploring Culture and Mind in Diverse Communities

Robyn M. Holmes

Publication Date - 13 February 2020

ISBN: 9780199343805

800 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Cultural Psychology explores how culture broadly connects to how individuals think, act, and feel across diverse cultural communities and settings, highlighting the applied nature of cultural psychology to everyday life events and situations.


Cultural Psychology draws upon major psychological topics, theories, and principles to illustrate the importance of culture in psychological inquiry. Exploring how culture broadly connects to psychological processing across diverse cultural communities and settings, it highlights the applied nature of cultural psychology to everyday life events and situations, presenting culture as a complex layer in which individuals acquire skills, values, and abilities.

Two central positions guide this textbook: one, that culture is a mental and physical construct that individuals live, experience, share, perform, and learn; and the second, that culture shapes growth and development. Culture-specific and cross-cultural examples highlight connections between culture and psychological phenomena. The text is multidisciplinary, highlighting different perspectives that also study how culture shapes human phenomena. Topics include an introduction to cultural psychology, the history of cultural psychology, cultural evolution and cultural ecology, methods, language and nonverbal communication, cognition, and perception. Through coverage of social behaviour, the book challenges students to explore the self, identity, and personality; social relationships, social attitudes, and intergroup contact in a global world; and social influence, aggression, violence, and war. Sections addressing growth and development include human development and its processes, transitions, and rituals across the lifespan, and socializing agents, socialization practices, and child activities. Additionally, the book features discussions of emotion and motivation, mental health and psychopathology, and future directions for cultural psychology. Chapters contain teaching and learning tools including case studies, multidisciplinary contributions, thought-provoking questions, class and experiential activities, chapter summaries, and additional print and media resources.


  • Focused on the theme of development to encourage readers to think critically about how culture shapes development and growth throughout the lifespan
  • Provides multidisciplinary culture-specific and cross-cultural examples that illustrate how culture shapes growth and development
  • Offers comprehensive teaching and learning tools, such as learning goals, case studies, bulleted summaries, class and experiential activities, and key terms that appear in every chapter
  • Addresses culturally diverse communities not typically represented in competing texts
  • Companion website with supplemental material including powerpoints, chapter test banks, and additional class activities

About the Author(s)

Robyn M. Holmes is Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty member in the History and Anthropology Department at Monmouth University. Her research on children's experiences and activities explore play and culture, play and creativity, early childhood education, outdoor play and recess, sport, and social cognition. Her work with children and adults in cultural communities in the United States and Pacific Rim reflects her commitment to understand cultural activity and participation from peoples' perspectives and in their own words.

Table of Contents

    List of Abbreviations

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Cultural Psychology

    Chapter 2. History of Cultural Psychology

    Chapter 3. Cultural Evolution and Cultural Ecology

    Chapter 4. Methods: Ways of Knowing, Understanding, and Interpreting

    Chapter 5. Language and Non-verbal Communication

    Chapter 6. Cognition and Perception

    Chapter 7. The Self, Identity, and Personality

    Chapter 8. Social Relationships

    Chapter 9. Social Attitudes and Intergroup Contact in a Global World

    Chapter 10. Social Influence, Aggression, Violence, and War

    Chapter 11. Human Development: Processes, Transitions, and Rituals

    Chapter 12. Cultural Learning: Socialization Practices, Schooling, and Play

    Chapter 13. Emotion

    Chapter 14. Motivation

    Chapter 15. Mental Health and Psychopathology

    Chapter 16. Cultural Psychology in the 21st Century


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