chapter  1
Basic Questions for Culture and Personality Research
WithRobert A. LeVine
Pages 12

Culture and personality research is the comparative study of the connections between individuals (their behavior patterns and mental functioning) and their environments (social, cultural, economic, political). This broad field could be assigned a more compact label such as psychosocial studies or broken down into disciplinary components such as psychological anthropology, cross-cultural psychology and trans-cultural psychiatry. I prefer culture and personality because, as the original term for this interdisciplinary area, it emphasizes the continuity between the pioneering work of its founders some 40 years ago and the conception of the area presented in this book. The important questions they identified in the borderlands between psychology, psychiatry, and the social sciences remain the defining characteristics of the field and set the course for contemporary theory and research.