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Culture, Behavior, and Personality : An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Psychosocial Adaptation - Robert Levine

Culture, Behavior, and Personality

An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Psychosocial Adaptation

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This new edition of Culture, Behavior, and Personality is organized into five parts. Part I defines the field of inquiry, Part II presents a critical review of existing theories and methods, Part III expounds LeVine's unique Darwinian model of culture and personality, Part IV deals with the strategies and methods with which to study individual dispositions within the sociocultural matrix, Part V concludes with two essays on cultural and personality research including new advances and avenues of research that have appeared within the last seven years. In this revised and updated edition of his highly acclaimed work, LeVine redevelops the thematic threads woven through the book to underline their essential unity. Reconsidering the role of ethnography in current research, LeVine constructs an ethnographic approach to the self, using the methods of social anthropology to obtain empirical data of psychological as well as social significance. The second edition of Culture, Behavior, and Personality presents a cross-fertilization of conventional anthropological theory with sociological and psychological perspectives. As an investigation of the complex relationships between the individual and the society which surrounds him, LeVine provides professionals and students in anthropology, psychology, social psychology, and sociology with an important guide to the contemporary frontiers in the field of culture and personality.

-[This book] is a landmark in the field dealing with relationships between culture and personality.... Culture, Behavior, and Personality: Contemporary Readings represents an interested and stimulating sampling of... studies by anthropologists and psychologists and psychiatrists in the field as defined by LeVine.... The book should be used in acquainting the student with some of the new trends in researching culture and personality relationships.-

--Louise S. Spindler, American Anthropologist

-LeVine demonstrates an amazing ability to synthesize and distill a wide variety of viewpoints. His contribution is a significant milestone in the attempt to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary framework for future considerations of social structure and personality.-

--Lauren Langman, Contemporary Sociology

-This book is a valuable contribution to the study of culture and personality. The author succinctly organizes and synthesizes a diverse subject matter into a set of questions which require investigation, not only for the sake of developing the field of culture and personality, but also because these questions are important to understanding the psychosocial and adaptive issues of our time.-

--Berton H. Kaplan, American Scientist

-[G]ood writing... reflecting a logical, often brilliant, mind at work, a mind that weaves a complex, enduring pattern of ideas and research strategies drawn from at least half a dozen disciplines. The text is useful for all anthropological scholars, not just those studying psychological anthropology, for it offers ideas for solving a wide range of anthropological problems, including those of interest to medical and clinical anthropologists.-

--Ann McElroy, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

-Few students of culture and personality have combined so well the knowledge and skills required by this field of research. LeVine is able to draw upon his own field experience in Africa, on psychoanalytic training, and on the relevant literature in psychology and sociology as well as that of his own discipline, anthropology. This book will merit study by anyone with a general interest in the relationships between enduring dispositions of individuals and the social structures and cultures within which human development takes place.-

--John A. Clausen, Science "[This book] is a landmark in the field dealing with relationships between culture and personality.... Culture, Behavior, and Personality: Contemporary Readings represents an interested and stimulating sampling of... studies by anthropologists and psychologists and psychiatrists in the field as defined by LeVine.... The book should be used in acquainting the student with some of the new trends in researching culture and personality relationships."

--Louise S. Spindler, American Anthropologist

"LeVine demonstrates an amazing ability to synthesize and distill a wide variety of viewpoints. His contribution is a significant milestone in the attempt to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary framework for future considerations of social structure and personality."

--Lauren Langman, Contemporary Sociology

"This book is a valuable contribution to the study of culture and personality. The author succinctly organizes and synthesizes a diverse subject matter into a set of questions which require investigation, not only for the sake of developing the field of culture and personality, but also because these questions are important to understanding the psychosocial and adaptive issues of our time."

--Berton H. Kaplan, American Scientist

"[G]ood writing... reflecting a logical, often brilliant, mind at work, a mind that weaves a complex, enduring pattern of ideas and research strategies drawn from at least half a dozen disciplines. The text is useful for all anthropological scholars, not just those studying psychological anthropology, for it offers ideas for solving a wide range of anthropological problems, including those of interest to medical and clinical anthropologists."

--Ann McElroy, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

"Few students of culture and personality have combined so well the knowledge and skills required by this field of research. LeVine is able to draw upon his own field experience in Africa, on psychoanalytic training, and on the relevant literature in psychology and sociology as well as that of his own discipline, anthropology. This book will merit study by anyone with a general interest in the relationships between enduring dispositions of individuals and the social structures and cultures within which human development takes place."

--John A. Clausen, Science "[This book] is a landmark in the field dealing with relationships between culture and personality.... Culture, Behavior, and Personality: Contemporary Readings represents an interested and stimulating sampling of... studies by anthropologists and psychologists and psychiatrists in the field as defined by LeVine.... The book should be used in acquainting the student with some of the new trends in researching culture and personality relationships."

--Louise S. Spindler, American Anthropologist

"LeVine demonstrates an amazing ability to synthesize and distill a wide variety of viewpoints. His contribution is a significant milestone in the attempt to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary framework for future considerations of social structure and personality."

--Lauren Langman, Contemporary Sociology

"This book is a valuable contribution to the study of culture and personality. The author succinctly organizes and synthesizes a diverse subject matter into a set of questions which require investigation, not only for the sake of developing the field of culture and personality, but also because these questions are important to understanding the psychosocial and adaptive issues of our time."

--Berton H. Kaplan, American Scientist

"[G]ood writing... reflecting a logical, often brilliant, mind at work, a mind that weaves a complex, enduring pattern of ideas and research strategies drawn from at least half a dozen disciplines. The text is useful for all anthropological scholars, not just those studying psychological anthropology, for it offers ideas for solving a wide range of anthropological problems, including those of interest to medical and clinical anthropologists."

--Ann McElroy, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

"Few students of culture and personality have combined so well the knowledge and skills required by this field of research. LeVine is able to draw upon his own field experience in Africa, on psychoanalytic training, and on the relevant literature in psychology and sociology as well as that of his own discipline, anthropology. This book will merit study by anyone with a general interest in the relationships between enduring dispositions of individuals and the social structures and cultures within which human development takes place."

--John A. Clausen, Science

ISBN: 9780202011684
ISBN-10: 0202011682
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 335
Published: 1st June 2007
Publisher: ALDINE PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition