Social Psychology and Cultural Context is the first survey of social psychology to integrate cross-cultural issues. The book not only utilizes several variants of the construct of subjective culture but also reflects the current state of affairs in the social domain of cross-cultural psychology. Written by world-renowned specialists, the chapters in this volume offer valuable insights to students and researchers in both cross-cultural and social psychology.
Part II: Theoretical Orientations in Cross-Cultural Social Psychology
Feldman's chapter is a thoughtful review of the principles often used in the current social cognitive approach to social behavior. Although cross-cultural researchers have not made very heavy use of social cognition, this has become a dominant approach in social psychology. Feldman extracts the most important concepts in this burgeoning literature and shows their potential uses in cross-cultural psychology, especially in considering the short-term processes that characterize individual interaction with the social environment.
Adamopoulos's chapter provides a potential extension of the social cognitive approach by describing how complex patterns of behavior can be traced to the emergence of different systems of meaning across cultures. Such emergence is subject to the existence of particular constraints that ...