book recommendations

Bhugra, D., & Bhui, K. (Eds.) (2007). Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dinesh Bhugra (King’s College, University of London) and Kamaldeep Bhui (Queen Mary University of London) are cultural psychiatrists who collaborated on editing a textbook in this field. Chapters 1, 2, 8, and 10-12 are particularly useful for background theory, 15-25 for specific disorders, and 28, 31, and 32 for psychological treatment.

Heine, S. J. (2012). Cultural Psychology (2nd Ed.). New York: Norton.

Steven Heine (University of British Columbia) is a cultural psychologist who has written the first textbook for this specific approach to culture and psychology. Aimed at senior undergraduates and beginning graduate students, it introduces readers to the full range of the field, including chapters 11 and 12 on physical and mental health.

Kitayama, S., & Cohen, D. (2010). Handbook of Cultural Psychology. New York: Guilford Press.

Shinobu Kitayama (University of Michigan) and Dov Cohen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) are cultural psychologists who have edited the first comprehensive handbook from this perspective. Especially relevant are parts 1 and 2 for background theory, and part 6 on motivation and emotion. A chapter on psychopathology is provided by Anthony Marsella (University of Hawai’i at Manoa), a pioneer in integrating clinical and cross-cultural psychology.

Kleinman, A. (1991). Rethinking Psychiatry: From Cultural Category to Personal Experience. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Arthur Kleinman’s book-length introduction to cultural psychology remains essential after more than two decades. Chapters 1 to 4 are particularly useful for cultural-clinical psychology.

Littlewood, R., & Dein, S. (2000). Cultural Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology: An Introduction and Reader. London: Athlone Press.

This volume brings together a selection of classic papers in cultural psychiatry and medical anthropology. It starts in 1880 with George Miller Beard on the ‘Jumping Frenchmen of Maine’, includes Emil Kraepelin, Ernest Jones, Marcel Mauss, Claude-Lévi Strauss, and George Devereux, among others, and concludes in 1971 with Henry Murphy on the evolution of Latah and Amok.

Tseng, W.-S. (2003). Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Psychiatry. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Wen-Shing Tseng (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) is a cultural psychiatrist who distilled his earlier textbook for the field into this guide written especially for clinicians. Chapters 1-4 are recommended for a general theoretical overview, while chapters 5-7 are practical guides to culturally competent practice.