Society for Psychological Anthropology

Attachment Reconsidered: Cultural Perspectives on a Western Theory

SPA Series on Culture, Mind and Society
Edited By Andrew Kipnis
Palgrave Macmillan 2013
ISBN: 978-1-137-38671-7

Attachment theory has massively influenced contemporary psychology. While intended to be general, this western theory harbors a number of culturally biased assumptions and is devoted to decontextualized experimental procedures that fail to challenge this ethnocentrism. The chapters in this volume rethink attachment theory by examining it in the context of local cultural meanings, including the meanings of childrearing practices, the cultural models of virtue that shape those practices, and the translation of shared childhood experience into adult cultural understandings through developmental and psychodynamic processes. The current volume is not only a challenge to attachment theorists, but also an object lesson for psychologists of many other stripes.