The Structure of the Self in Northern Cheyenne Culture

  • Anne S. Straus
Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)


Concepts of the self—its structure, development, and variability—vary cross-culturally and bear a significant relationship to the kinds of selves and self-pathologies that develop in a particular community. Such concepts are pervasive, incorporated in the actors’ representations of every social interaction: they are fundamental to the meaning of social action within the community. The pervasiveness of these concepts in all cultures, and their unconscious status, accounts for the tenacity of cultural blinders in the cross-cultural study of the self.


Verbal Communication Native Behavior Native Concept Tribal Community Tribal Member 


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