M. Cameron Hay, Ph.D.

Psychological anthropology, like most disciplines, has it's own language.  And  even everyday words can reference a world of specific ideas and theoretical histories that appear benign to the uninitiated.  So how to prepare students to engage in the scholarly conversations of the field when no conceptual encyclopedia exists?  Teach them to create one.  

These entries are not meant to make one fluent in all the nuances of the concepts, but offer a working knowledge of concepts to invite newcomers to join our conversations.

ATH 368 Key Issues in Psychological Anthropology

Psychological anthropology focuses on understanding the individual within society, and thus the ways in which cultural assumptions construct and are constructed by the individual. Psych anthro provides theoretical frameworks widely used in anthropology, child development, and cross-cultural and clinical psychology. Through this course, students  have opportunities to analyze the role of cultural worlds in individual well-being, and to engage with the key questions and the associated key theoretical concepts that are driving the field forward today. 

Students write up encyclopedia entries on those concepts, the best of which I've made available here to facilitate others' interested in in joining the conversations of psychological anthropology.