Perspectives from Various Cultural and Ethnic Groups
for Cross-Cultural Research
This unit is focused on the many ways culture and ethnic group membership shape human priorities and perspectives on relationships, self construal, social and cultural change, and the means by which life gains meaning and purpose for members of various cultural and ethnic groups around the world. The chapters contain the reflections of scholars in the field of cross-cultural psychology who have examined variances in human thought and behavior. The Unit is additionally enriched with four chapters that were originally published in the Proceedings of the 1998 IACCP Conference held in Bellingham, Washington. This was the first time an IACCP conference was held in the United States. Because of this, participants in the Jubilee Speakers Series represented four prominent ethnic groups in the U.S.: Black Americans (Jones), Native Americans (Medicine), Hispanic Americans (Padilla), and Asian Americans (Sue).
it is accurate to say that culture is usually an unconscious and
pervasive influence in human experience, some groups become more aware
of the meaning of their culture when others try to force changes. This was the case when Asian, African, Hispanic, and Native
American children in the U.S. were forbidden to speak their languages in
for many indigenous people around the world, their social and economic
resources have been and continue to be confiscated by colonizing or
dominating groups. This has
necessitated conscious efforts to protect and retain the cultures of
those who are so besieged. This
unit will allow readers to consider such struggles and gain a new
perspective on the significance of cultural values in daily life.