Indigenous Psychology of Spirituality: In My Beginning Is My End (Palgrave Studies in Indigenous Psychology) (Hardcover)

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By Alvin Dueck (Editor)
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This book presents cutting-edge research and theory in the emerging field of the indigenous psychology of religion. Its authors examine the influence of colonization and illustrate the use of novel research methodologies utilised in studies with communities in India, Korea, China, Indonesia, America, and Poland. Whereas Western psychology has traditionally viewed religion through an institutional lens and from a Euro-American perspective, this book aims to facilitate an understanding of indigenous spiritualities on their own terms and from the indigenous people's lived experience.

In doing so, the contributors seek to support indigenous communities in the recovery of their voice, original vision, and ancient practices, and to follow their yearning as echoed in T. S. Eliot's words: "In my beginning is my end." The book is replete with examples of this recovery of indigeneity in, for example, Chinese notions of harmony and resilience; cultural differences in hearing the voice of the divine; the influence of animism on Christians in Korea; and in savoring the bereavement of loved ones.

This novel collection presents fresh insights for students and scholars of the psychology of religion, indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and anthropology.

About the Author

Alvin Dueck is Distinguished Professor of Cultural Psychologies at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, USA. His previous books include Between Jerusalem and Athens: Ethics, Psychotherapy and Culture (1995); and A Peaceable Psychology (2009). With grants from the Sir John Templeton Foundation he supported research in cultural psychology of religion in China.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783030508685
ISBN-10: 3030508684
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2020
Pages: 326
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Studies in Indigenous Psychology