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Foundations of Chinese Psychology

Confucian Social Relations

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This book bridges western and eastern traditions to explore theories based on local phenomena, findings and experience. Comparing Confucionism and Western thinking, it examines social exchange, face, achievement motivation, organization and conflict resolution.


Titel: Foundations of Chinese Psychology
Autoren/Herausgeber: Kwang-Kuo Hwang
Aus der Reihe: International and Cultural Psychology
Ausgabe: 2012

ISBN/EAN: 9781461414384

Seitenzahl: 378
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 771 g
Sprache: Englisch

Kwang-Kuo Hwang obtained his PhD in social psychology at the University of Hawaii. He is currently National Chair Professor at National Taiwan University awarded by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, President of Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology (2010-  ),and National Policy Advisor to the President (2008-  ). He has endeavored to promote the indigenization movement of psychology and social science in Chinese society since the early 1980s, and has published eight books and more than one hundred articles on related issues in both Chinese and English. He is past president of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (2003-2005), and was Principal Investigator of In search of excellence for indigenous psychological research project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, R.O.C. (2000-2008). 

Mainstream psychology emanated from  European-American and Judeo-Christian philosophical and scientific traditions.  The application of this viewpoint, which embeds colonial and imperialist concepts is less relevant to Asian and other indigenous cultures. Although it has been accepted by non-Western scholars in an attempt to emulate Western scientific practice, the mainstream viewpoint is in a process of transformation to accommodate geographically relevant perspectives.  In this light, Foundations of Chinese Psychology, bridges the gap between western and eastern traditions and elaborates on theories based on local phenomena, findings, and experiences by research methods that are contextually appropriate.   Using a guiding principle of cultural psychology – ‘one mind, many mentalities’, this book advocates the balancing of a global psychology concept without sacrificing that of a specific locality and people.  It analyzes the basics of Confucionism and compares them to Western ethical thinking, arriving at a series of theories concerning social exchange, face, achievement motivation, organizational behaviors, and conflict resolution.Beyond the specifics of a particular culture, this book exemplifies the act of constructing autonomous social science that may be emulated in other non-Western settings.  It also serves as an excellent guide for cross-cultural research as well as a caveat on the limitations of presumptive individualism and exclusionary perspectives. - Newsletter
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