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Psychological Anthropology: Library Resources: Overview of the Field

Overview of the Field of Psychological Anthropology

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, these books are available in the Geisel Library.  A few of the sources are available online--for those which indicate "UCSD only" please follow these instructions when accessing from off-campus.

Brief Introductions:

Ingham, J.M. (2001) "Psychological anthropology," in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, pp. 12349-12355.  Online access, UCSD only.

Kraus, A. (2001) "Psychiatry: anthropological aspects," in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, pp. 13382-12287.  Online access, UCSD only.

General Textbooks and Readers in Psychological Anthropology:

Conerly, Carole Casey and Robert B. Edgerton.  A companion to psychological anthropology:  modernity and psychocultural change.

Ingham,  John M. (1996), Psychological Anthropology Reconsidered. Reprinted in Conerly Casey & Robert Edgerton, eds. (2005), A Companion to Psychological Anthropology

 Lindholm, Charles (2001), Culture and Identity: the History, Theory, and Practice of Psychological Anthropology

Recommended for the overview they provide:

Fish, Jefferson M (2000), “What Anthropology can do for Psychology: Facing Physics Envy, Ethnocentrism, and a Belief in ‘Race’,” American Anthropologist 102(3): 552-563.  Available online, UCSD only.

Greenfield, Patricia (2000), “What Psychology can do for Anthropology, or Why Anthropology took Postmodernism on the Chin,” American Anthropologist 102(3): 564-576.  Available online, UCSD only.

Levy, Robert (1989), “The quest for mind in different times and different places,” in Social history and issues in human consciousness, A. Barnes and P. Stearns, eds., pp. 3-40

Schwartz, Theodore (1992), “Anthropology and Psychology: an unrequited relationship,” New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, T. Schwartz, G. White, and C. Lutz, eds., pp. 324-349

Schwartz, Theodore; Geoffrey White, and Catherine Lutz, eds. (1992), New directions in psychological anthropology.

Shore, Bradd (2000), “Human diversity and human nature: the life and times of a false dichotomy,” Being Humans, N. Roughley, ed.  pp. 81-103

Shweder, Richard (1979-80), “Rethinking culture and personality theory,” Parts 1-3, Ethos 7: 255-278; 7: 279-311; 8:60-94.  Available online, UCSD only.

Spiro,  Melford E (1961), “An Overview and Suggested Reorientation,” in Psychological Anthropology: approaches to Culture and Personality, F. Hsu, ed.,  pp. 459-492.  Available online, open access. Also available in Geisel Library.

Spiro, Melford E (1996), “Postmodernist anthropology, subjectivity, and science: a modernist critique,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 38(4): 759-780.  Available online, UCSD only.

Spiro, Melford E. (1984), “Some reflections on cultural determinism and relativism with special reference to emotion and reason,” in Culture theory: essays on mind, self, and emotion, R. Shweder and R. LeVine (eds.),pp. 323-346

Spiro, Melford E. (1986), “Cultural relativism and the future of anthropology,” Cultural Anthropology, 1(3): 259-286.  Available online, UCSD only.

Spiro, Melford E. (1990), “On the strange and the familiar in recent anthropological thought,” in Cultural Psychology: essays on comparative human development, J. Stigler, R. Shweder, and G. Herdt, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 47-61

Stocking, George W.,  Jr. (1992), “Polarity and plurality: Franz Boas as psychological anthropologist,” New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, T. Schwartz, G. White, and C. Lutz, eds., pp. 311-323

More history and context:

Barnouw, Victor (1985), Culture and Personality, 4th ed.

Bock, Philip (1999), Rethinking Psychological Anthropology: continuity and change in the study of human action, 2nd ed.

Bock, Philip, ed. (1994), Handbook of Psychological Anthropology

Bourguignon, Erika (1979), Psychological Anthropology: an introduction to human nature and cultural differences

Cohen, Anthony P. 1994  Self Consciousness: An Alternative Anthropology of Identity

Cole, Michael & Sylvia Scribner (1974), Culture and Thought: a psychological introduction

Hsu, Francis, ed. (1961), Psychological Anthropology: approaches to Culture and PersonalityAvailable online, open access.  Print copies available in Geisel Library.

Jordan, David K. & Marc J. Swartz, eds. (1990), Personality and the cultural construction of society: papers in honor of Melford E. Spiro.

Shweder, Richard & Robert LeVine, eds. (1984), Culture Theory: essays on mind, self, and emotion  [still very useful, with seminal articles; highly recommended]

Spindler, George, ed. (1978), The Making of Psychological AnthropologyAvailable online, open access..  Print copies available in Geisel Library.

Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo; George Spindler, & Louise Spindler, eds. (1994), The Making of Psychological Anthropology II