International Multicultural Studies

Special Interest Group (IMSSIG)

Featured websites, books and publications

In this section we will feature websites, books and publications that we believe inform our understanding of multicultural studies.

New Book Feature: Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology by Dr Pittu Laungani, Manchester University, UK. Published by Sage, 2007


Eloquently introducing students to international perspectives on cross-cultural psychology (both Eastern and Western cultures), this textbook contains many features to promote student learning. It:

- contains an array of vignettes, case studies and other text features

- addresses international research on cross-cultural psychology unlike other books that focus purely on Western perspectives

- is thoughtfully yet provocatively written, appropriately combining the narrative and the informative

The main thrust of the book's content is to discuss the framework of culture, family structure, health, bereavement and intercultural interaction - and all of their intersections - and consideration is also given to methodological and ethical research issues and their application to differing cultures.

Table of Contents:

What Is This Thing Called Culture?
Nature, Rationale and Scope of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Methodological Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
Research in Cross-Cultural Settings
Ethical Considerations
Doing Research in India
Cultural and Ethical Considerations
A Conceptual Model of Cross-Cultural Differences in Eastern and Western Cultures
Family Structures and Child Rearing Practices
Cross-Culture Considerations in Health, Happiness and Illness
Intercultural Perception and Interaction
Death and Bereavement
Cross Cultural Perspectives

New Book Feature - Race, Culture and Psychotherapy: Critical Perspectives in Multicultural Practice by Roy Moodley & Stephen Palmer. Published by Routledge, 2006.

What is multicultural psychotherapy?

How do we integrate issues of gender, class and sexual orientation in multicultural psychotherapy?

"Race, Culture and Psychotherapy" provides a thorough critical examination of contemporary multiculturalism and culturalism, including discussion of the full range of issues, debates and controversies that are emerging in the field of multicultural psychotherapy. Beginning with a general critique of race, culture and ethnicity, the book explores issues, such as the notion of interiority and exteriority in psychotherapy, racism in the clinical room, race and countertransference conflicts, spirituality and traditional healing issues. Contributors from the United States, Britain and Canada draw on their professional experience to provide comprehensive and balanced coverage of the following subjects: Critical Perspectives in Race and Culture in Psychotherapy, Governing Race in the Transference, Racism, Ethnicity and Countertransference, Intersecting Gender, Race, Class and Sexual orientation, Spirituality, Cultural Healing and Psychotherapy, and Future Directions.

"Race, Culture and Psychotherapy" will be of interest not only to practicing psychotherapists, but also to students and researchers in the field of mental health and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of psychotherapy in a multicultural society.

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The Multicultural American West: A Resource Site

This site is intended as a space for the interactive exchange of ideas, information, and educational tools related to the American West in multicultural and intercultural perspective. We hope to serve high school and college students, teachers, professors and independent scholars with an interest in the multicultural West. By "multicultural" we mean to stress culture as defined by race, ethnicity, language, and nationhood, but also to include gender, sexuality, class, religion, and other factors as distinct cultural forces. By intercultural we mean to stress the making of culture(s) through contact and conflict.

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