A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and by Conerly Casey, Robert B. Edgerton

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By Conerly Casey, Robert B. Edgerton

This Companion offers the 1st definitive evaluation of psychocultural anthropology: a topic that makes a speciality of cultural, mental, and social interrelations throughout cultures.

  • Brings jointly unique essays via prime students within the field
  • Offers an in-depth exploration of the ideas and themes that experience emerged via modern ethnographic paintings and the approaches of world change
  • Key matters diversity from reports of awareness and time, emotion, cognition, dreaming, and reminiscence, to the lingering results of racism and ethnocentrism, violence, identification and subjectivity

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Such a person is obedient and subservient to superiors, but overbearing and scornful to social inferiors. Walter C. Langer wrote The Mind of Adolf Hitler for the American Office of Strategic Services soon after the war broke out, but it was not published for the public until 1973. Erik Erikson also studied Hitler for our military, characterizing him as a superhuman leader who created terror among his followers and involved them in crimes which they could not deny. After the war, national character studies focused on the Russians.

The need for strong authority was also learned and symbolized through swaddling. Clyde Kluckhohn followed Gorer and Rickman by comparing traditional Russian personality with the new ideal Soviet personality type. There were many differences. The traditional personality was warm, trusting, expansive, and responsive, while the Soviet ideal was formal, controlled, distrustful, and conspiratorial (Kluckhohn 1962). Other scholars studied American modal personality. Margaret Mead wrote And Keep Your Powder Dry in 1942 as a wartime morale booster.

Adam assumes the clock is antagonistic to the body, and therefore to nature. Is this claim tenable, however? There is abundant evidence that the clock entrains biological processes. For that matter, if one examines the literature on humans’ supposed “natural” free-running circadian cycles studied in conditions where all social and temporal cues were controlled (see Wever 1979), one realizes that so-called “natural” human circadian cycles bear no resemblance to the cycles of any human society, and that they are highly sensitive to light duration, light intensity, intensity of physical activity, and especially social contact.

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