Cross-Cultural Dimensions in Conscious Thought represents a major contribution, describing an empirically-validated method for analyzing the thematic content of narratives as a tool for comparative research in Anthropology, Cultural Psychology and Ethnopsychiatry. This second volume in the two volume series presents research conducted in Ireland, Kenya, Japan, the Philippines, Canada, the United States, India, Brazil and Venezuela. This research illustrates, for the cross-cultural researcher, the usefulness of projective techniques as a means for eliciting culturally relevant information from informants. It also exemplifies how the analysis of narrative themes, when it is related to other material obtained in field settings, can reveal meaningful within-group and between-group differences in human experience, and can help us make sense of conscious human experience across a wide range of sociocultural contexts.
Dr. George Alphonse De Vos, is both a psychologist and anthropologist, trained at The University of Chicago. An Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, he is author of twenty books and 180 articles documenting his over 50 years of cross cultural research in the North and South America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Eric Steven De Vos received his doctorate from the Committee on Human Development at The University of Chicago. He is presently professor of Psychology at Saginaw Valley State University, in Michigan.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Narrative Research across Cultural Boundaries Chapter 2 Broken Fiddles and Hardened Hearts in Rural Ireland Chapter 3 Some Aspects of the Self in a Selfless Society: An Israeli Kibbutz Chapter 4 Omens of Future Ills: African Youth in Contemporary Kenya Chapter 5 Gender Roles, Marital or Sexual Problems: Comparisons of Responses in Two Japanese Villages Chapter 6 Violence and Aggression in Fantasy: A Comparison of American and Japanese Lower-Class Youth Chapter 7 Internalized Achievement: Some Historical Continuities Found in Japanese Social Perception Chapter 8 Vitality and Optimism versus Problems with Achievement, Alienation, and Authority in Ethnic Minorities: The Korean Case Chapter 9 Heritage of Exploitation: A TAT Report on South Brazilian Youth Chapter 10 Brazilian Fantasies of Chastisement, Separation, or Abandonment of Children Chapter 11 Mentorship or Complicity between Men: Illustrations from Brazil Chapter 12 Mother-Son Relationships: Cross-cultural Contrasts in Interpersonal Perceptions Chapter 13 Living on the Amazon: Tukuna Indians and New Brazilian Settlers Chapter 14 A Taxonomy of Esteem in the Philippines Chapter 15 Climbing on the Tree of Gold: Fate and Nurturance in Tibetan Youth Chapter 16 Wandering Souls: The Interpersonal Concerns of Adolescent Immigrants