Understanding Social Psychology Across Cultures: Engaging with Others in a Changing World

Understanding Social Psychology Across Cultures: Engaging with Others in a Changing World

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By (author) Peter K. Smith, By (author) Peter B. Smith, By (author) Ronald Fischer, By (author) Michael H. Bond, By (author) Vivian L. Vignoles

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 232mm x 26mm | 860g
  • Publication date: 19 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1446267113
  • ISBN 13: 9781446267110
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 311,970

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Updated and revised to include recent developments in cross-cultural psychology, the 2nd edition of Social Psychology Across Cultures provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to classic perspectives and introduces cutting edge research on culture, discussed in terms of its implications for contemporary global issues such as migration, international development, ethnic conflict, climate change and sustainability. The book starts by asking the question: why does social psychology need a cross-cultural perspective? It then follows to examine cultural differences as well as the origins and dynamics of different cultures before addressing traditional social psychological themes within cross-cultural contexts, for example group processes, self and identity, intergroup relations. Key features - Extensive coverage of social psychological theories and how these relate to cross-cultural research - A presentation of concepts and theories made accessible to the reader using practical examples and everyday life experiences from diverse parts of the world - A thorough exposition of the appropriate methods for conducting state-of-the-art cross-cultural research The authors each have considerable, combined experience of living and working in different cultural contexts. At the same time, as highly experienced scholars at the intersection of social and cross-cultural psychology, they are able to articulate a vision in this book of how the two communities of social psychology and cross-cultural psychology need to be integrated more to shed light on understanding social behaviour in an enhanced multi-cultural world and in helping to understand global phenomena of paramount importance to communities everywhere. This textbook is appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses and graduate programs in social and cross-cultural psychology. It will also interest students wanting to understand the impact of culture on their fields of work, such as international relations, social policy, health promotion, ethnic relations and international business.

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Peter B. Smith was born near Colchester, UK, in 1937. and obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in 1962. After working at Leeds University, he joined the University of Sussex in 1966 and never found a good reason to leave. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology. He has studied cross-cultural aspects of leadership, conformity and informal influence processes, as well as cultural differences in styles of communication. He is the author of eight books and more than 180 other publications. He is former president of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, and has served as Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Ronald Fischer was born near Leipzig in former East Germany in 1976, and completed his doctorate in cross-cultural psychology at the University of Sussex in 2002. He is currently Reader in Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has spent much of his adult life exploring remote corners of the world, carrying a laptop and camera. He has broad interests concerning the interplay between culture and human functioning in diverse ecological settings, tackling these big questions applying multivariate statistics and multilevel models. He has published more than 100 papers and book chapters, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Vivian L. Vignoles was born near Rochester, UK, in 1973, and obtained his PhD in social psychology at the University of Surrey in 2000. He is currently Reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. His principal research interests are in self and identity processes and cross-cultural psychology, especially understanding the interplay of cultural, contextual, and motivational influences on identity construction, and he is principal investigator of the Culture and Identity Research Network. He has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters and one. Michael Harris Bond was born in Toronto, Canada in 1944, obtaining his PhD in social psychology from Stanford University in 1970. Working first at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, he next joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was Professor of Social Psychology for many years. He has contributed to many aspects of cross-cultural psychology, focusing particularly on Chinese social behavior, comparative studies of belief systems, and improvements in cross-cultural research methods. He has published more than 270 papers and books in the field. In 2009, he was appointed Chair Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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'... For anyone eager to learn about how members of different cultures are fundamentally different - and yet sometimes remarkably similar - this book provides a great read.' Roy F. Baumeister Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA 'Understanding Social Psychology across Cultures 2e is an intellectual tour de force of the latest developments in cross-cultural social psychology. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in culture and human behavior.' Michele J. Gelfand University of Maryland, College Park, USA 'The new edition of this leading textbook in cross-cultural social psychology is the perfect introduction to the field. It has extraordinarily broad and up-to-date coverage of virtually all the important topics that have been studied.' Shalom H. Schwartz Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel By far the most interesting section of the book for me was the third one entitled "The World in Flux." Here, speech, levels of contact and group behaviour are brought together in plausible narrative at every level from individual interactions to intra- and intergroup dynamics. Acculturation, coping with cultural identity threat as well as bicultural identity development and integration are explored, relevant to many of today's burning cultural conflicts. What is the impact of globalization and its subtext of concomitant modernity and economic pressures in the mobility of people and cultural discourse? -- Dr. George F. Simons

Table of contents

Part One: Establishing the Framework 1. Why Does Social Psychology Need a Cross-Cultural Perspective? 2. Clarifying the Way Forward with Culture: Theories and Frameworks 3. The Origins and Dynamics of Culture 4. How to do Cross-Cultural Psychology Part Two: Core Aspects of Social Psychology in Cross-Cultural Perspective 5. Personality and Social Context 6. Cognition, Motivation and Emotion 7. Self and Identity Processes 8. Cultural Norms and Socialisation Processes 9. Interpersonal Behaviour 10. Group Processes Part Three: The World in Flux 11. Intercultural Contact 12. Intergroup Relations 13. Acculturation 14. Globalisation and Cultural Change 15. The Unfinished Agenda