Emotion and Culture: Empirical Studies of Mutual Influence

Pages: 385
Item #: 4318301
ISBN: 978-1-55798-487-6
List Price: $19.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1999
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Examines the increasing evidence that emotions are not discrete "hardwired" biological events, but are influenced and shaped through social, cultural, and linguistic processes. By integrating a diversity of scientific approaches, Emotion and Culture goes a long way toward showing that culture penetrates deeply into virtually every component process of emotion: cognitive, linguistic, and even physiological and neurochemical elements.

Contributions from researchers in a wide range of scientific fields make this book an important touchstone of theory and research for the premise that emotion and culture are mutually and reciprocally related.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


  1. Introduction to Cultural Psychology and Emotion Research
    —Shinobu Kitayama and Hazel Rose Markus

I. Emotion as Social Product
  1. Sense, Culture, and Sensibility
    —Phoebe C. Ellsworth
  2. The Social Roles and Functions of Emotions
    —Nico H. Frijda and Batja Mesquita
  3. The Cultural Construction of Self and Emotion: Implications for Social Behavior
    —Hazel Rose Markus and Shinobu Kitayama

II. Emotion, Language, and Cognition

  1. Emotion, Language, and Cultural Scripts
    —Anna Wierzbicka
  2. Cognitive Science's Contributions to Culture and Emotion
    —Michael I. Posner, Mary K. Rothbart, and Catherine Harman

III. Emotion as Moral Category and Phenomenon

  1. Affecting Culture: Emotion and Morality in Everyday Life
    —Geoffrey M. White
  2. Kali's Tongue: Cultural Psychology and the Power of Shame in Orissa, India
    —Usha Menon and Richard A. Shweder
  3. Major Cultural Syndromes and Emotion
    —Harry C. Triandis
  4. Culture, Emotion, and Psychopathology
    —Janis H. Jenkins


  1. The Cultural Shaping of Emotion: A Conceptual Framework
    —Hazel Rose Markus and Shinobu Kitayama

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Shinobu Kitayama is currently an associate professor of psychology at Kyoto University, Japan. He received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Oregon from 1988 to 1993. Dr. Kitayama has worked in the areas of emotional influences on attention and perception, cognitive processes in social judgment, and cultural psychology of self and emotion.

Hazel Rose Markus is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research. Her research has focused on the role of the self in regulating behavior. Dr. Markus has written on self-schemas, possible selves, the influence of the self on the perception of others, and the constructive role of the self in adult development. Her most recent work is in the area of cultural psychology and explores the interdependence between selves and sociocultural environments.