Why Do Men Barbecue?: Recipes for Cultural Psychology by Richard A. ShwederWhy Do Men Barbecue?: Recipes for Cultural Psychology by Richard A. Shweder

Why Do Men Barbecue?: Recipes for Cultural Psychology

byRichard A. Shweder

Paperback | May 30, 2003

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Why do American children sleep alone instead of with their parents? Why do middle-aged Western women yearn for their youth, while young wives in India look forward to being middle-aged? In these provocative essays, one of the most brilliant advocates of cultural psychology reminds us that cultural differences in mental life lie at the heart of any understanding of the human condition.

Drawing on ethnographic studies of the distinctive modes of psychological functioning in communities around the world, Richard Shweder explores ethnic and cultural differences in ideals of gender, in the life of the emotions, in conceptions of mature adulthood and the stages of life, and in moral judgments about right and wrong.

Shweder, a cultural pluralist, dares readers to broaden their own conceptions of what is good, true, beautiful, and efficient and to take a closer look at specific cultural practices--parent/child cosleeping, arranged marriage, male and female genital modifications--that we may initially find alien or disturbing. He invites us to reject both radical relativism (the view that whatever is, is okay) and imperial visions of universal progressive cultural development (for example, the idea that "the West is Best") and to engage in more deeply informed cultural critique.

The knowable world, Shweder observes, is incomplete if seen from any one point of view, incoherent if seen from all points of view at once, and empty if seen from nowhere in particular. This work strives for the "view from manywheres" in a culturally diverse yet interdependent world.

Richard A. Shweder, a cultural anthropologist, is the William Claude Reavis Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago.
Title:Why Do Men Barbecue?: Recipes for Cultural PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:430 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0 inPublished:May 30, 2003Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:067401135X

ISBN - 13:9780674011359

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Anti-Postculturalism (or, The View from Manywheres)

1. Who Sleeps by Whom Revisited (with Lene Balle-Jensen and William Goldstein)

2. The "Big Three" of Morality (Autonomy, Community, Divinity) and the "Big Three" Explanations of Suffering (with Nancy C. Much, Manamohan Mahapatra, and Lawrence Park)

3. Cultural Psychology of Emotions: Ancient and New (with Jonathan Haidt)

4. "What about Female Genital Mutilation?" And Why Understanding Culture Matters

5. The Return of the "White Man's Burden" and the Domestic Life of Hindu Women (with Usha Menon)

6. Culture and Mental Development in Our Poststructural Age

7. A Polytheistic Conception of the Sciences and the Virtues of Deep Variety

8. Fundamentalism for Highbrows: The Aims of Education Address at the University of Chicago

Conclusion: From Manywheres to the Civilizing Project, and Back





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Whether writing about the lives of Hindu women in rural India, comparing the family sleeping arrangements of different societies, or challenging feminist criticisms of female genital surgery in sub-Saharan Africa, Shweder describes the results of his ethnography of difference with elegance and wit. He avoids the dehumanizing fetishism of difference that characterizes all too much contemporary social science and social theory, and resists familiar relativist bromides demanding 'tolerance.'