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By Gary S. Gregg

within the final fifteen years, psychologists have rediscovered tradition and its impression on emotion, notion, and self. Many researchers have come to the realization that the world's cultures should be ranked based on the measure to which they're individualist or collectivist, with Western cultures falling on the individualist finish and non-Western cultures on the collectivist finish. those students argue that whereas individualist cultures provide upward push to "independent" selves, top Westerners to imagine and act autonomously, collectivist cultures foster "interdependent" selves, best non-Westerners, embedded in social-relationships, to imagine and act relationally.

Culture and identification in a Muslim Society offers an alternative choice to the individualist- collectivist method of identification. in contrast to so much mental and anthropological reviews of tradition and self, Gary Gregg's paintings at once investigates members, utilizing "study of lives"-style interviews with teens dwelling in villages and small cities in southern Morocco. interpreting those teenagers' life-narratives, Gregg builds a idea of tradition and id that differs from triumphing mental and anthropological versions in vital respects. unlike modernist theories of id as unified, the life-narratives express members to articulate a small set of transferring identities. not like post-modern theories that declare humans have a kaleidoscopic multiplicity of fluid identities, the narratives exhibit that the identities are built-in by way of repeated use of culturally-specific self-symbols, metaphors, and story-plots. most significantly, the life-narratives express those younger Moroccans' self-representations to be pervasively formed by means of the unstable cultural fight among Western-style "modernity" and genuine Muslim "tradition."

Offering a brand new method of the research of id, the amount can be of curiosity to cross-cultural psychologists, anthropologists, students of Middle-East societies, and researchers focusing on the examine of lives.

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