Indigenous and Cultural Psychology

Understanding People in Context

  • Uichol Kim
  • Kuo-Shu Yang
  • Kwang-Kuo Hwang

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Theoretical and Methodological Issues

  3. Family and Socialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Carolyn Pope Edwards, Lisa Knoche, Vibeke Aukrust, Asiye Kumru, Misuk Kim
      Pages 141-162
    3. Susumu Yamaguchi, Yukari Ariizumi
      Pages 163-174
  4. Cognitive Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Kaiping Peng, Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Zhong Nian
      Pages 247-262
    3. R. C. Mishra
      Pages 263-281
  5. Self and Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Kuo-Shu Yang
      Pages 285-314
    3. Yang Chung-Fang
      Pages 327-356
  6. Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Pawel Boski
      Pages 373-402
    3. Zeynep Aycan
      Pages 445-466
    4. John G. Adair
      Pages 467-485
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 487-518

About this book


It was once assumed that the bedrock concepts of psychology held true for all the world’s peoples. More recently, post-modern approaches to research have expanded on these Western models, building a psychology that takes into account the sociopolitical, historical, religious, ecological, and other indigenous factors that make every culture, as well as every person as agents of their own actions.

Indigenous and Cultural Psychology surveys psychological and behavioral phenomena in native context in various developing and developed countries, with particular focus on Asia. An international team of 28 experts clarifies culture-specific concepts (such as paternalism and the Japanese concept of amae), models integrative methods of study, and dispels typical misconceptions about the field and its goals. The results reflect culturally sound frames of reference while remaining rigorous, systematic, and verifiable. These approaches provide a basis for the discovery of true psychological universals.

Among the topics featured:

  • Scientific and philosophical bases of indigenous psychology
  • Comparisons of indigenous, cultural, and cross-cultural psychologies
  • Socialization, parent-child relationship, and family
  • The private and public self: concepts from East Asia, Europe, and the Americas
  • Interpersonal relationships: concepts from East Asia, Europe,, and the U.S.
  • Factors promoting educational achievement and organizational effectiveness in Asia
  • The growth and indigenization of psychology in developing and developed countries
  • Are any values, attitudes, beliefs and traits universal? Cross-national comparisons
  • The potential for indigenous psychology to lead to a global psychology

With this book, the editors have captured a growing field at a crucial stage in its evolution. Indigenous and Cultural Psychology benefits students and researchers on two levels, offering groundbreaking findings on understudied concepts, and signaling future directions in universal knowledge.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Uichol Kim
    • 1
  • Kuo-Shu Yang
    • 2
  • Kwang-Kuo Hwang
    • 3
  1. 1.Inha UniversityIncheonKorea
  2. 2.Academic Sinica and National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-28661-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-28662-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
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