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Cultural-Existential Psychology : The Role of Culture in Suffering and Threat, Hardback Book

Cultural-Existential Psychology : The Role of Culture in Suffering and Threat Hardback


Cultural psychology and experimental existential psychology are two of the fastest-growing movements in social psychology.

In this book, Daniel Sullivan combines both perspectives to present a groundbreaking analysis of culture's role in shaping the psychology of threat experience.

The first part of the book presents a new theoretical framework guided by three central principles: that humans are in a unique existential situation because we possess symbolic consciousness and culture; that culture provides psychological protection against threatening experiences, but also helps to create them; and that interdisciplinary methods are vital to understanding the link between culture and threat.

In the second part of the book, Sullivan presents a novel program of research guided by these principles.

Focusing on a case study of a traditionalist group of Mennonites in the midwestern United States, Sullivan examines the relationship between religion, community, guilt, anxiety, and the experience of natural disaster.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 314 pages, 7 Tables, black and white; 3 Halftones, unspecified; 3 Halftones, black and white; 6 Line
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Phenomenology & Existentialism
  • ISBN: 9781107096868



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