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Imprisoned in EnglishThe Hazards of English as a Default Language$
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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199321490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.001.0001

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Anthropology, Psychology, Psychiatry

Anthropology, Psychology, Psychiatry

(p.199) 15 Anthropology, Psychology, Psychiatry
Imprisoned in English

Anna Wierzbicka

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens Part VI of the book, entitled “Kindred thinking across disciples,” which looks at the work of scholars from a range of disciplines who have either explicitly or implicitly acknowledged the danger of Anglocentrism in contemporary social sciences. All the chapters in the Part show a great deal of convergent thinking across disciplines. Chapter 15 presents the ideas of the cultural anthropologists Robin Horton, Richard Shweder, Roy D’Andrade, and Ganatha Obeyesekere, all of whom have discussed, in different ways, the dangers of Anglocentrism in presenting the thinking embedded in languages and cultures of the world. As the chapter shows, two of them, Shweder and D’Andrade, offer explicit support for the NSM program. Rom Harré presents a view from psychology and philosophy of science, also endorsing the NSM approach, which, as he puts it, “opens up the fundamental question of how the current lingua franca [English] shades the psychology of most of humanity” and so does psychiatrist and medical anthropologist Horacio Fabrega.

Keywords:   cultural anthropology, cultural psychology, cognitive anthropology, clinical psychology, depression, Buddhism, philosophy of science, evolutionary psychiatry

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