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.

Chapter 4: Four Questions about Human Social Behavior: The Social Cognitive Approach to Culture and Psychology

Four Questions about Human Social Behavior: The Social Cognitive Approach to Culture and Psychology

Four questions about human social behavior: The social cognitive approach to culture and psychology
Jack M.FeldmanGeorgia Institute of Technology

The Passover holiday commemorates deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery and their receipt of the Commandments and the Torah. The seder, a ritual festive dinner, features the retelling of these events; the story is introduced by the youngest child's asking the “Four Questions” about Passover customs (e.g., “Why on this night do we eat only matzos?”). The leader of the seder recounts the events and comments on them; thus, four simple questions introduce a richly interrelated set of ideas, more detailed questions, and some tentative answers about the nature of faith and humans' ...

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