Progress in Asian Social Psychology: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions

Progress in Asian Social Psychology: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions

Progress in Asian Social Psychology: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions

Progress in Asian Social Psychology: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions

Synopsis

The authors of this edited collection believe psychological research using an indigenous approach will enable Asian as well as non-Asian psychologists to understand the cognitions and behaviors of Asian people more accurately. Here Asian social psychologists apply Asian perspectives to issues of major concern in their societies, including parental beliefs about shame and moral socialization in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States; achievement motivation in Taiwan and the United States; and the effects of school violence on the psychological adjustment of Korean adolescents. Other chapters examine the role of social psychologists in Confucian societies, and group dynamics in Japan.

Excerpt

Why is Asian social psychology Asian? Asian social psychologists think and do their research in ways different from their colleagues from other parts of the world, especially the West. As psychology becomes more visible in Asia it is becoming more important to reevaluate psychological concepts, research findings, and applications as to their fit with the Asian cultural context.

This book explores indigenous applications of psychology to the Asian cultural context rather than simply transfering psychology from the American- European context without modification. These chapters are comprehensive in reviewing the research findings and rapid growth of psychology in the Asian cultural context. Both the research and the training and teaching applications of psychology are addressed. Conceptual ideas about indigenous psychology in the Asian context are raised for discussion.

The primary audiences for this book are classes in social psychology in Asia and elsewhere that have a global focus that includes the Asian context. in addition, understanding the importance of indigenous psychology will help psychologists identify cultural bias and/or adapt psychology to the international and multicultural community on a global level. the leading social psychologists in Asia have contributed to this book as the most recent in a series of books, conferences, and professional activities to frame psychology in the global context.

The founding of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) in 1995 marked a new epoch in the development of social psychology in Asia.

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