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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $90.00
  • October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91283-8
  • 704 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Cultural Psychology

Second Edition


Steven J. Heine (Author, University of British Columbia)


The standard for cultural psychology courses around the world.

Steven Heine is one of the leading figures in the field of cultural psychology. In addition to presenting the importance of culture to the study of behavior, Cultural Psychology, Second Edition, has a strong emphasis on research methodology, which comes out of in-depth discussions of select topics and studies in each chapter—encouraging students to understand common behaviors in different cultures. Heine builds the text around the most enduring questions in the field of psychology and shows how cultural psychology is providing insights into our understanding of them.


A strong emphasis on research methodology

Cultural Psychology, Second Edition, provides an experimental emphasis throughout, while also paying particular attention to observation studies and ethnographies. Students are encouraged to think like cultural psychologists when understanding common behaviors in different cultures.

A global focus

The book draws on studies and examples from around the world, beyond the more typical East/West orientation of existing texts and the field. Examples from cultures and regions around the globe are drawn from Latin America, Africa, India, and Pacific Island communities.

An interdisciplinary approach

Cultural Psychology incorporates all the major domains of psychology (Cognition, Development, Social, Motivation) into the text and also reaches out to psychology’s sister fields through three highly interdisciplinary chapters on cultural evolution, mental health, physical health and morality.

A fun and engaging read

Throughout the text, students are shown how cultural psychology can be relevant to their lives. For example, in Chapter 5, Development and Socialization, students are asked to consider their own thoughts about the nature of good parenting and how their thoughts reveal their own underlying cultural values. And, in Chapter 13, Morality, Religion, and Justice, the cartoon controversy between Muslim and Christian nations is highlighted as an example of how cultural psychology is relevant to key international disputes.

New chapters and themes

The Second Edition keeps pace with the changes in the field and the needs of the course. A new introductory chapter, “What Is Cultural Psychology?” articulates why it is important for psychologists to study the role of culture. Physical and Mental Health are now separate and expanded chapters, updated to reflect the most recent research. Also, in the Second Edition, each chapter explores two new themes: experiences that shape psychology, and whether a given tendency is universal or specific to a certain culture.

    Preface  xix
    Resources for Instructors  xxiii
    1. Introduction 1
    2. Culture and Human Nature 32
    3. Cultural Evolution 59
    4. Methods for Studying Culture and Psychology 110
    5. Development and Socialization 152
    6. Self and Personality 194
    7. Motivation 239
    8. Cognition and Perception 285
    9. Interpersonal Attraction, Close Relationships, and Groups 339

    10. Living in Multicultural Worlds 383
    11. Physical Health 423
    12. Mental Health 458
    13. Morality, Religion, and Justice 491
    14. Emotions 528
    Glossary G-1
    References R-1
    Credits C-1
    Name Index N-1
    Subject Index S-1