FOREWORD I & II TO THE BOOKS
Foreword I by Professor Walter J. Lonner, Ph.D.
It is with great pleasure that I write this invited Foreword to the two-volume entitled International Handbook of the Discipline of Psychology and International Handbook of Psychological Practices. Compiled and edited by Andrew A. Mogaji, this is a significant accomplishment. Containing a total of 37 chapters --16 in the first volume and 21 in the second – and written by a total of 50 scholars, these books are welcome additions to many books that share similar aims and structures. Their aims include broad topical coverage with a structure that includes contributions by carefully selected scholars. The most important two features of these books, however, are as follows: First, the majority of the chapter authors are from numerous African countries. The authors who are not native to African countries are cognizant of the African context. Second, the breadth of topical coverage speaks to the energy that was involved in putting it all together. Dr. Mogaji merits applause for the impressive range of coverage that he managed to compile. There seems to be few areas of psychology that are not touched in some way by all or part of 37 chapters.
These two books belong on the same shelf on which will be found books with similar broad coverage spread across numerous countries. These include the six-volume 1980 Handbook of cross-cultural psychology, edited by Harry C. Triandis et al. (Allyn and Bacon, 1980), the 1997 revision of that effort by John W. Berry et al. (also published by Allyn and Bacon), The handbook of culture and psychology edited by David Matsumoto and published in 2001 by Oxford University Press, and most recently the four-volume set entitled Cross-cultural psychology, edited by Peter B. Smith and Deborah L. Best, published by SAGE Publications in 2009.
The most noteworthy feature of this accomplishment may be its uniqueness. While many scholars in psychology have contributed hundreds of articles, essays, and books about Africa and Africans and its incredibly rich multinational and multicultural palette of human thought, action, and applications, these two books may well be the broadest collection yet. The books are most welcome additions to the psychological literature. They will influence all psychologists who monitor publications that emanate from what appears to be a welcome new wave of psychologists with strong African credentials. As such, we can expect to hear more from them in the years to come. These two books provide rich and informative background and review materials.
Professor Walter J. Lonner, Ph.D.
Western Washington University,
Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.
Foreword II by Prof. Dr. Christine Roland-Lévy,
It is with pleasure that I agreed to write this invited Foreword to the International Handbook of the Discipline of Psychology and International Handbook of Psychological Practices, edited by Andrew A. Mogaji.
The combination of these two volumes, assembling 37 chapters written by authors from many different countries, including quite a few African countries, constitutes a unique achievement.
Moreover, these two volumes cover most areas of Psychology and it’s various sub-disciplines, for the first volume and Applied Psychology with it’s many fields (even more than the 18 Divisions of the International Association of Applied Psychology, IAAP) in the second volume. This is done in such a way that it stresses the potential input of psychology towards a better understanding of social issues. The various chapters are particularly interesting as they expose how psychology, through working with these issues in real world settings, contributes to advancing the capacity of community to promote social understanding.
These two complimentary international handbooks of psychology are well written. They provide a rich and instructive overview of psychology, including research methods, which will provide excellent information to both students in psychology and professionals of psychology, as well as of many adjacent disciplines, in which psychology is more than needed.
Prof. Dr. Christine Roland-Lévy,
University of Rheims, France
President-Elect of the International Association of Applied Psychology