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David Matsumoto and Hyisung C. Hwang

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190679743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190679743.001.0001

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Culture and the Psychology Curriculum

Culture and the Psychology Curriculum

Foundations and Resources

(p.3) 1 Culture and the Psychology Curriculum
The Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Walter J. Lonner

Kenneth D. Keith

David Matsumoto

Oxford University Press

The pedagogical intent of this chapter is to provide teachers of psychology with foundational material necessary for any part of the psychology curriculum featuring culture as an important factor in shaping human thought and behavior. The authors present overviews of basic concepts, historical considerations, and theoretical and contemporary research perspectives, as well as a discussion of psychological dimensions such as individualism–collectivism, tight versus loose cultures, personality traits, social axioms, and human universals. The authors give attention to the concepts of absolutism, relativism, and universalism, and briefly describe cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, indigenous/ethnic psychology, and multiculturalism. The issue of cultural coverage in introductory psychology texts is included, as is an appendix describing numerous official global associations and organizations that are important resources for the kind of information that teachers of culture and psychology will find valuable in the classroom.

Keywords:   culture and pedagogy, curriculum, psychology and culture, cultural dimensions, conceptual and theoretical concepts

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