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    Self and Society: Narcissism, Collectivism, and the Development of Morals (Online resource) By (author) Drew Westen

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    DescriptionThe relation between individual and collective processes is central to the social sciences, yet difficult to conceptualize because of the necessity of crossing disciplinary boundaries. The result is that researchers in different disciplines construct their own implicit, and often unsatisfactory, models of either individual or collective phenomena, which in turn influence their theoretical and empirical work. In this 1985 book, Drew Westen attempts to cross these boundaries, proposing an interdisciplinary approach to personality, to culture, and to the relation between the two. Throughout the book, Westen provides reviews of a variety of fields, including personality theory, moral development, ego development, and culture theory. His book will appeal to students and scholars in all the social sciences, as well as to any reader concerned with understanding the relation between individuals and the world in which they live.


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    Title
    Self and Society
    Subtitle
    Narcissism, Collectivism, and the Development of Morals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Drew Westen
    Physical properties
    Format: Online resource
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780511598418
    ISBN 10: 0511598416
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    BIC subject category V2: JMH
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    Thema V1.0: JMH
    Illustrations note
    8 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Imprint name
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Publication date
    11 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'Based on an admirably thorough exposition of modern thought and research in the psychological and social sciences, Drew Westen presents here a brilliant, intellectually exhilarating effort to transcend, by means of a new theoretical formulation, the artificial divisions in our knowledge about individuals and about cultures.' Marie Jahoda, University of Sussex 'This is a notable attempt to integrate contemporary personality theory and contemporary theories in anthropology around the concept of psychological need. It is an impressive overview of a psychocultural approach to social theory that takes into account usually neglected psychological variables. A cogent and compelling work, it will provoke thought and response in its readers.' Professor George DeVos, University of California, Berkeley
    Table of contents
    Preface; Part I. A Theory of Personality: 1. Personality theory: the three faces of psyche; 2. Emotion: a missing link between psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural psychology?; 3. The structure and dynamics of personality; 4. The development of personality, narcissism, and moral judgment; Part II. A Theory of Culture: 5. Social theory in sociology and anthropology; 6. Societal structure and dynamics; 7. The development of collectivism and the culture ideal; Part III. Personality and Culture: A Synthesis: 8. Culture and personality: dying species or vigorous hybrid?; 9. Psychic and sociocultural structure and dynamics; 10. Personality and communitarian collectivism; 11. The psychodynamics of modernization; 12. Personality and sociocultural change; 13. Breakdown and recovery: paradigmatic processes in personal identity and cultural integration; 14. Personality and individuation; References; Index.