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Universalism without Uniformity: Explorations in Mind and Culture

Julia L. Cassaniti and Usha Menon


One of the major questions in cultural psychology is how to take diversity seriously while also acknowledging our shared humanity. This collection addresses this question by engaging with the complex issues that underpin the interconnections between culture and the human mind. The contributors to Universalism without Uniformity make two fundamental claims: first, that as humans we are motivated to find meaning in everything around us; and, second, that the cultural worlds we live in are constituted by our involvement in them. Therefore, we exist as human beings specifically because we interpr ... More

Keywords: psychology, anthropology, emotion, culture, mind, affect, development, mental health, cognition, psychological anthropology

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226501543
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia L. Cassaniti, editor
Washington State University

Usha Menon, editor
Drexel University

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Introduction Universalism without Uniformity

Usha Menon, Drexel University Department of Anthropology Julia L. Cassaniti, Washington State University Department of Anthropology

Part One Breaking Down Barriers through the Study of Culture in the Study of Mind

One Challenging Developmental Doctrines through Cross-Cultural Research

Robert A. Levine, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Two How Cultural Psychology Can Help Us See “Divinity” in a Secular World

Jonathan Haidt, New York University Stern School of Business Paul Rozin, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology

Three Beyond Universal Taxonomic Frameworks in Cultural Social Psychology

Joan G. Miller, New School for Social Research Department of Psychology

Four From Value to Lifeworld

Roy D’Andrade, University of Connecticut Department of Anthropology

Part Two Psychological Processes across Culture: One Mind, Many Mentalities

Section 1 Emotion: A Multiplicity of Feeling

Five “Kama Muta” or “Being Moved by Love”: A Bootstrapping Approach to the Ontology and Epistemology of an Emotion

Alan P. Fiske, University of California at Los Angeles Department of Anthropology Thomas Schubert, University of Oslo Department of Psychology Beate Seibt, University of Oslo Department of Psychology

Six Unsettling Basic States: New Directions in the Cross-Cultural Study of Emotion

Julia L. Cassaniti, Washington State University Department of Anthropology

Seven Rasa and the Cultural Shaping of Human Consciousness

Usha Menon, Drexel University Department of Anthropology

Section 2 Intersubjectivity: Social Trust, Interpersonal Attachment, and Agency

Eight The Socialization of Social Trust: Cultural Pluralism in Understanding Attachment and Trust in Children

Thomas S. Weisner, University of California at Los Angeles Departments of Psychiatry and Anthropology

Nine An Attachment-Theoretical Approach to Religious Cognition

Charles W. Nuckolls, Brigham Young University Department of Anthropology

Part Three Implications of Psychological Pluralism for a Multicultural World: “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

Section 1 Challenges to the Modern Nation-State: Globalization’s Impact on Morality, Identity, and the Person

Ten Acculturation, Assimilation, and the “View from Manywheres” in the Hmong Diaspora1

Jacob R. Hickman, Brigham Young University Department of Anthropology

Eleven Vexed Tolerance: Cultural Psychology on Multiculturalism

Pinky Hota, Smith College Department of Anthropology

Section 2 Mental Health: Variations in Healthy Minds across Cultures

Thirteen Cultural Psychology and the Globalization of Western Psychiatric Practices

Randall Horton, Seattle University Department of Psychology

Fourteen Toward a Cultural Psychology of Trauma and Trauma-Related Disorders

Byron Good and Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, Harvard University Department of Anthropology and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Fifteen The Risky Cartography of Drawing Moral Maps: With Special Reference to Economic Inequality and Sex-Selective Abortion1

Richard A. Shweder, University of Chicago Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development

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