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Understanding Social Psychology Across Cultures
Engaging with Others in a Changing World

Second Edition


August 2013 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding Social Psychology Across Cultures Second Edition starts by asking why social psychology needs a cross-cultural perspective. It then examines cultural differences and their origins, before addressing traditional social psychological themes cross-culturally, for example group processes, self and identity, intergroup relations. Themes of contemporary relevance including migration, ethnic conflict and climate change are also covered.

Key features:

  • Presentation of concepts and theories made accessible to the reader using practical examples and everyday life experiences from diverse parts of the world
  • Biographical portraits of key researchers in the field
  • Coverage of the appropriate methods for conducting state-of-the-art cross-cultural research

This textbook is appropriate for students of social and cross-cultural psychology. It will also interest practitioners wanting to understand the impact of culture on their fields of work, such as international relations, social policy, health promotion, ethnic relations and international business.

 
Part One: Establishing the Framework
 
1. Why Does Social Psychology Need a Cross-Cultural Perspective?
 
2. Clarifying the Way Forward with Culture: Theories and Frameworks
 
3. The Origins and Dynamics of Culture
 
4. How to do Cross-Cultural Psychology
 
Part Two: Core Aspects of Social Psychology in Cross-Cultural Perspective
 
5. Personality and Social Context
 
6. Cognition, Motivation and Emotion
 
7. Self and Identity Processes
 
8. Cultural Norms and Socialisation Processes
 
9. Interpersonal Behaviour
 
10. Group Processes
 
Part Three: The World in Flux
 
11. Intercultural Contact
 
12. Intergroup Relations
 
13. Acculturation
 
14. Globalisation and Cultural Change
 
15. The Unfinished Agenda

'... For anyone eager to learn about how members of different cultures are fundamentally different - and yet sometimes remarkably similar - this book provides a great read.'
Roy F. Baumeister
Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA


'Understanding Social Psychology across Cultures 2e is an intellectual tour de force of the latest developments in cross-cultural social psychology. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in culture and human behavior.'

Michele J. Gelfand
University of Maryland, College Park, USA


'The new edition of this leading textbook in cross-cultural social psychology is the perfect introduction to the field. It has extraordinarily broad and up-to-date coverage of virtually all the important topics that have been studied.'
Shalom H. Schwartz
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


By far the most interesting section of the book for me was the third one entitled "The World in Flux." Here, speech, levels of contact and group behaviour are brought together in plausible narrative at every level from individual interactions to intra- and intergroup dynamics. Acculturation, coping with cultural identity threat as well as bicultural identity development and integration are explored, relevant to many of today’s burning cultural conflicts. What is the impact of globalization and its subtext of concomitant modernity and economic pressures in the mobility of people and cultural discourse?

Dr. George F. Simons
diversophy.com

The material in this book is not very pertinent to more sociological approach of the cultural psychology course I teach.

Dr Andreas Georgiou Philaretou
Social & Behavioral Sciences, European University of Cyprus
October 22, 2015

great source for getting more insights into cross-cultural aspects

Professor Sonia Lippke
Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Jacobs University Bremen
February 10, 2014

It is a great book covering major theoretical and methodological perspectives in cross-cultural psychology!

Dr Irem Uz
Department of Psy, TOBB University of Economic & Tech
June 24, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Ch. 4: How to do Cross-Cultural Psychology


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