The Culture Concept and the Individualism-Collectivism Debate: Dominant and Alternative Attributions for Class in the United States

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Book Chapter


Anthropology (Pitzer)

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Culture, Individualism, Collectivism, Class distinction


This chapter is part of a volume in which the reader will find a host of fresh perspectives. Authors seek to reconceptualize problems, offering new frames for understanding relations between culture and human development.

Contributors include scholars from the disciplines of philosophy, law, theology, anthropology, developmental psychology, neuro- and evolutionary psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and physics. To help organize the discussions, the volume is divided into three parts. Each part reflects an arena of current scholarly activity related to the analysis of culture, cognition, and development.

The editors cast a wide but carefully crafted net in assembling contributions to this volume. Though the contributors span a wide range of disciplines, features common to the work include both clear departures from the polemics of nature-nurture debates and a clear focus on interacting systems in individuals' activities, leading to novel developmental processes. All accounts are efforts to mark new and productive paths for exploring intrinsic relations between culture and development.


Please note that this work is a chapter in Culture, Thought, and Development, edited by Larry Nucci, Geoffrey Saxe, and Elliot Turiel. ISBN: 9780805830095

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© 2000 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.