The Role of Economic Culture in Social Relationships and Interdependence

  • Ayse K. Uskul


Culture is a broad term with a plethora of meanings. Thus any discussion of how it shapes human psychology must lay the groundwork by denning the parameters of the analysis. In this chapter, I situate culture within economic environments, asking how certain socioeco-logical features in a given economic community shape interactions to affect social psychological and cognitive outcomes. Instead of situating culture within individuals and considering how culture is perceived or construed by them, I focus on culture as it exists in objective circumstances that are observable to anyone (for a similar distinction, see Jahoda, 2011). This approach draws on Oishi’sdiscussion of socioecolog-ical psychology (Oishi, 2010, 2014; Oishi & Graham, 2010) and Medin’s references to a cultural ecosystem (e.g. Medin et al., 2013), both of which emphasize the systemic interactions between, or mutual constitution of, social/ecological environments and human mind/behaviour. It also bears a resemblance to cultural-ecological (e.g. Berry, 1979; Whiting & Edwards, 1988; Keller, 2011; Adams et al, 2012) and socio-cultural (e.g. Plaut et al., 2002; Maynard & Greenfield, 2003; Adams, 2005) approaches to the study of the interplay between culture and psychology.


Financial Crisis Social Exclusion Human Psychology Economic Culture Economic Setting 
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