Culture and Human Needs

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


In seeking bedrock this volume looks to the human condition. Embedded in the human condition are real needs that motivate humans to act in the pursuit of satisfying those needs. Human needs are both physiological and psychological. They are an essential aspect of the human condition and we are challenged to address these existential realities. These needs and core concerns are assumed to be universal while how people address those needs varies across cultures. What do humans really need and how do cultures respond to these core human needs and concerns? What human needs are addressed by culture? What are the consequences of traumatic cultural disruption? Why and how do cultures change in response to environmental and ecological demands?


Human needs Physiological needs Psychological needs Existential needs Ontology Buddhist Confucianist Jewish Alaska native perspectives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Hawai‘i at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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