A cross-cultural perspective on personhood

Milbank Mem Fund Q Health Soc. 1983 Winter;61(1):19-34.


Central African and Japanese outlooks on the person differ profoundly from one another. But they have in common a perspective on the human person shared by most non-Western societies and cultures: they emphasize the contextual, relational nature of personhood. This way of looking at the person, and our own individual-oriented and legalistic perspective on the person, carry different sets of meanings, fulfillments, and strains for the individuals and groups who live within these frameworks.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Africa, Central
  • Attitude
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Emotions
  • Humanism*
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Social Environment