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Below is a list of books suggested in an SPA listserv discussion in response to a query about books for teaching psychological anthropology. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it nonetheless offers an invaluable resource and perspective into the diverse arenas covered by psychological anthropology. Individuals interested in course syllabi for psychological anthropology can also have a look at our collection.

Additions to the list can be sent to: Kathy Trang (ktra[email protected])

AuthorBook TitleAAA CitationLink
Birth, K.Objects of Time: How Things Shape TemporalityBirth, K. 2012. Objects of Time: How Things Shape Temporality. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137017871
Bock, Philip K. (Editor)Handbook of Psychological AnthropologyBock, Philip K., ed. 1994. Psychological Anthropology. Westport: Greenwood.https://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Anthropology-Philip-K-Bock/dp/0313284334/ref=mt_hardcover?_encoding=UTF8&me=
Braun, JeromeDemocratic Culture and Moral Character: A Study in Culture and PersonalityBraun, Jerome. 2013. Democratic Culture and Moral Character: A Study in Culture and Personality. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789400767539
Brison, K.Children, Social Class, and Education: Shifting Identities in FijiBrison, K. 2014. Children, Social Class, and Education: Shifting Identities in Fiji. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137472267
Broch-Due, VigdisViolent Reverberations: Global Modalities of TraumaBroch-Due, Vigdis. 2016. Violent Reverberations: Global Modalities of Trauma. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319390482
Brodwin, PaulEveryday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community PsychiatryBrodwin, Paul. 2013. Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520274792
Burbank, V.An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal AustraliaBurbank, V. 2011. An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal Australia. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230110229
Cassaniti, JuliaLiving Buddhism: Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai CommunityCassaniti, Julia. 2015. Living Buddhism: Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai Community. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100943380
Chapin, Bambi L.Childhood in Sri Lanka: Shaping Hierarchy and DesireChapin, Bambi L. 2014. Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village: Shaping Hierarchy and Desire. Edition Unstated edition. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.https://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Sri-Lankan-Village-Hierarchy/dp/0813561655
DÕAndrade, R.A Study of Personal and Cultural Values: American, Japanese, and VietnameseDÕAndrade, R. 2008. A Study of Personal and Cultural Values: American, Japanese, and Vietnamese. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230602991
Davies, JamesThe Making of Psychotherapists: An Anthropological AnalysisDavies, James. 2009. The Making of Psychotherapists: An Anthropological Analysis. London: Routledge.https://www.amazon.com/Making-Psychotherapists-Anthropological-Analysis/dp/1855756560
Davies, James and Spencer, Dimitrina (Eds.)Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork ExperienceDavies, James, and Dimitrina Spencer, eds. 2010. Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience. Stanford: Stanford University Press. https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=17404
Davis, Elizabeth A.Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern GreeceDavis, Elizabeth A. 2012. Bad Souls: Madness and Responsiblity in Modern Greece. Durham: Duke University Press. https://www.dukeupress.edu/bad-souls
Estroff, Sue E.Making it Crazy: An Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American CommunityEstroff, Sue E. 1985. Making It Crazy: An Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520054516
Fong, Vanessa L.Only Hope: Coming of Age Under ChinaÕs One-Child PolicyFong, Vanessa L. 2002. Only Hope: Coming of Age Under ChinaÕs One-Child Policy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=5009
Fong, Vanessa L.Paradise Redefined: Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed WorldFong, Vanessa L. 2011. Paradise Redefined: Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World. Stanford: Stanford University Press. https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=20258
Frank, GelyaVenus on Wheels: Two Decades of Dialogue on Disability, Biography, and Being Female in AmericaFrank, Gelya. 2000. Venus on Wheels: Two Decades of Dialogue on Disability, Biography, and Being Female in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520217164
Fuentes, Agust’nEvolution of Human BehaviorFuentes, Agust’n. 2008. Evolution of Human Behavior. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.https://global.oup.com/academic/product/evolution-of-human-behavior-9780195333589?cc=us&lang=en&
Garcia, AngelaThe Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio GrandeGarcia, Angela. 2010. The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520262089
Glaskin, K. and Chenhall, R. (Eds.)Sleep Around the World: Anthropological PerspectivesGlaskin, K., and R. Chenhall, eds. 2013. Sleep Around the World: Anthropological Perspectives. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137320933
Heider, K.The Cultural Context of Emotion: Folk Psychology in West SumatraHeider, K. 2011. The Cultural Context of Emotion: Folk Psychology in West Sumatra. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230115248
Heine, Steven J.Cultural PsychologyHeine, Steven J. 2015. Cultural Psychology. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294990296
Hejtmanek, Katie RoseFriendship, Love, and Hip Hop: An Ethnography of African American Men in Psychiatric CustodyHejtmanek, Katie Rose. 2015. Friendship, Love, and Hip Hop: An Ethnography of African American Men in Psychiatric Custody. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137544728
High, C., Kelly, A., and Mair, J. (Eds.)An Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic ApproachHigh, C., A. Kelly, and J. Mair, eds. 2012. The Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230340824
James, EricaDemocratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in HaitiJames, Erica. 2010. Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti. California Series in Public Anthropology. Berkeley: University of California Press. https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520260542
Jenkins, Janis H.Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experiences in Mental IllnessJenkins, Janis H. 2015. Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520287112
Kipnis, A. (Editor)Chinese Modernity and the Individual PsycheKipnis, A., ed. 2012. Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137268952
Kitanaka, JunkoDepression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in DistressKitanaka, Junko. 2011. Depression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress. Princeton: Princeton University Press.https://press.princeton.edu/titles/9610.html
Kondo, Dorinne K.Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese WorkplaceKondo, Dorinne K. 1990. Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo3774610.html
Kusserow, AdrieAmerican Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in Three NeighborhoodsKusserow, A. 2004. American Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in Three Neighborhoods. 2004 edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.amazon.com/American-Individualisms-Rearing-Neighborhoods-Culture/dp/1403964807
Lemelson, R and Tucker, A.Afflictions: Steps Towards a Visual Psychological AnthropologyLemelson, Robert, and Annie Tucker. 2017. Afflictions: Steps Toward a Visual Psychological Anthropology. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319599830
Levine, Robert A.(Editor)Psychological Anthropology: A Reader on Self in CultureLevine, Robert A., ed. 2010. Psychological Anthropology: A Reader on Self in Culture. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Psychological+Anthropology%3A+A+Reader+on+Self+in+Culture-p-9781405105750
Lindholm, CharlesCulture and Identity: The History, Theory, and Practice of Psychological AnthropologyLindholm, Charles. 2007. Culture and Identity: The History, Theory, and Practice of Psychological Anthropology. Revised edition. Oxford: Oneworld Publications.https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Identity-Practice-Psychological-Anthropology/dp/1851685286
Lipset, DavidYabar: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea ModernityLipset, David. 2017. Yabar: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319510750
Luhrmann, TanyaWhen God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with GodLuhrmann, T. M. 2012. When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. Reprint edition. New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books.https://www.amazon.com/When-God-Talks-Back-Understanding/dp/0307277275
Luhrmann, T. and Marrow, J. (Eds.)Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia across CulturesLuhrmann, T.M., and J. Marrow, eds. 2016. Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia across Cultures. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520291096
Mageo, JeanetteDreaming Culture: Meanings, Models, and Power in U.S. American DreamsMageo, Jeanette. 2011. Dreaming Culture: Meanings, Models, and Power in U.S. American Dreams. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230337350
McGinty, A. ManssonBecoming Muslim: Western WomenÕs Conversions to IslamMcGinty, A. Mansson. 2006. Becoming Muslim: Western WomenÕs Conversions to Islam. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781403976116
McIntosh, JanetUnsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White KenyansMcIntosh, Janet. 2016. Unsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White Kenyans. Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520290518
Metzl, JonathanThe Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black DiseaseMetzl, Jonathan. 2011. The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease. 50486th edition. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.https://www.amazon.com/Protest-Psychosis-Schizophrenia-Became-Disease/dp/0807001279
Miller, Peggy J. and Cho, Grace E.Self-Esteem in Time and Place: How American Families Interact, Enact, and Personalize a Cultural IdealMiller, Peggy J., and Grace E. Cho. 2017. Self-Esteem in Time and Place: How American Families Imagine, Enact, and Personalize a Cultural Ideal. Child Development in Cultural Context. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.https://global.oup.com/academic/product/self-esteem--in-time-and-place-9780199959723?cc=us&lang=en&#
Myers, Neely LaurenzoRecoveryÕs Edge: An Ethnography of Mental Health Care and Moral AgencyMyers, Neely, L. 2015. RecoveryÕs Edge: An Ethnography of Mental Health Care and Moral Agency. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/university-press/book/9780826520807
Nakamura, KarenA Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary JapanNakamura, Karen. 2013. A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100535870
OÕNell, Theresa DeLeaneDisciplined Hearts: History Identity, and Depression in an American Indian CommunityOÕNell, Theresa, D. 1998. Disciplined Hearts: History, Identity, and Depression in an American Indian Community. Berkeley: University of California Press. https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520214460
Parish, S.Subjectivity and Suffering in American Culture: Possible SelvesParish, S. 2008. Subjectivity and Suffering in American Culture: Possible Selves. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230605381
Quinn, N. (Editor)Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of MethodsQuinn, N., ed. 2005. Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of Methods. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781403969149
Quinn, N. and Mageo, J. (Eds.)Attachment Reconsidered: Cultural Perspectives on a Western TheoryQuinn, N., and J. Mageo, eds. 2013. Attachment Reconsidered: Cultural Perspectives on a Western Theory. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137386717
Rhodes, Lorna A.Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security PrisonRhodes, Lorna A. 2004. Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520240766
Rich, G., Gielen, U.P., Takooshian, H. (Eds.)Internationalizing the Teaching of PsychologyRich, Grant J., Uwe P. Gielen, and Harold Takooshian, eds. 2017. Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.https://www.amazon.com/Internationalizing-Teaching-Psychology-Advances-Cultural/dp/1641130059
Rogoff, BarbaraDeveloping Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and TownRogoff, Barbara. 2011. Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.https://global.oup.com/academic/product/developing-destinies-9780195319903?cc=us&lang=en&
Sangren, P. StevenFilial Obsessions: Chinese Patriliny and Its DiscontentsSangren, P. Steven. 2017. Filial Obsessions: Chinese Patriliny and Its Discontents. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319504926
Seeley, Karen M.Cultural Psychotherapy: Working with Culture in the Clinical EncounterSeeley, Karen M. 1999. Cultural Psychotherapy: Working with Culture in the Clinical Encounter. Y First printing edition. Northvale, N.J: Jason Aronson, Inc.https://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Psychotherapy-Working-Clinical-Encounter/dp/076570224X
Seligman, R.Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves: Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian ReligionSeligman, R. 2014. Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves: Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian Religion. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137409591
Seymour, Susan C.Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, AgentSeymour, Susan C. 2015. Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9780803262959/
Sirisena, MihiriniThe Making and Meaning of Relationships in Sri Lanka: An Ethnography on University Students in ColomboSirisena, Mihirini. 2018. The Making and Meaning of Relationships in Sri Lanka: An Ethnography on University Students in Colombo. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319763354
Small, MeredithThe Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental IllnessSmall, Meredith F. 2006. The Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Illness. Washington, D.C: Joseph Henry Press.https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Our-Discontent-Medical-Illness/dp/0309100666
Spindler, George D. (Editor)The Making of Psychological AnthropologySpindler, George D., ed. 1980. Making of Psychological Anthropology. New edition edition. Berkeley: University of California Press.https://www.amazon.com/Making-Psychological-Anthropology-Dearborn-Spindler/dp/0520039572
Stevenson, LisaLife Beside Itself: Imagining Care in the Canadian ArcticStevenson, Lisa. 2014. Life Beside Itself: Imagining Care in the Canadian Arctic. Berkeley: University of California Press. https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520282940
Strauss, C. and Friedman, J.R. (Eds.)Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and CultureStrauss, Claudia, and Jack R. Friedman, eds. 2018. Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and Culture. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319723402
Throop, E.Psychotherapy, American Culture, and Social Policy: Immoral IndividualismThroop, E. 2009. Psychotherapy, American Culture, and Social Policy: Immoral Individualism. Culture, Mind, and Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230609457
Tooker, Deborah E.Space and the Production of Cultural Difference Among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of LifeTooker, Deborah E. 2012. Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/S/bo13211109.html
Watters, EthanCrazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American PsycheWatters, Ethan. 2011. Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche. Reprint edition. New York: Free Press.https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Like-Us-Globalization-American/dp/1416587098
Xu, JingThe Good Child: Moral Development in a Chinese PreschoolXu, Jing. 2017. The Good Child: Moral Development in a Chinese Preschool. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26737
Yang, JieUnknotting the Heart: Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in ChinaYang, Jie. 2015. Unknotting the Heart: Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100984600
Other: UCSD Bibliography of Recommended Readings for Psychological Anthropologyhttps://ucsd.libguides.com/c.php?g=90954&p=585093