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The Challenges of Cultural Psychology Historical Legacies and Future Responsibilities

    458 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    458 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book considers cultural psychology from historical, theoretical, and epistemological perspectives, building an understanding of cultural psychology as a human science and moving beyond the nature-culture dichotomy. The unique collection of chapters seeks to advance the field of cultural psychology by reviving its historical legacies and arguing for its social responsibility in future historical developments.

    It considers European legacies for cultural psychology as developed by leading figures such as Giambattista Vico, Wilhelm Wundt, Wilhelm Dilthey, and Ernst Cassirer in order to provide insights into a long tradition of thinking from a cultural psychology perspective. The book discusses historical pathways in the rise and repression of cultural psychology and its different historical forms, arguing for the necessity of decolonizing psychology, securing a place for culture in it, and developing an epistemology suited to humankind’s meaning-making processes in mutual shaping of psyche and culture. It provides an integrative and historical understanding of the subject and uses the diversity and heterogeneity within the field to offer critical reflections on its achievements. The thoroughly international group of contributors brings diverse analyses of self, body, emotions, culture, and society and considers the future of cultural psychology.

    The volume is a stimulating read for scholars and students of cultural and theoretical psychology and related areas including philosophy, anthropology, and history.

    Part I: Cultural Psychology as a Human Science

    1. Cultural Psychology as a Human Science

    Gordana Jovanović

    2. Natureculture in a Transformative Worldview: Moving beyond the "Interactionist Consensus"

    Anna Stetsenko

    Part II: Reviving Historical Legacies for Cultural Psychology

    3. Nature Unveiling Herself before Science: The Relationship between Mind and Culture in the Perspective of Giambattista Vico

    Luca Tateo

    4. Völkerpsychologie as Cultural Psychology: The Place of Culture in Wundt’s Psychological Project

    Saulo de Freitas Araujo

    5. Wilhelm Dilthey’s Conception of a Descriptive and Comprehensive Psychology

    Hans-Ulrich Lessing

    6. Ernst Cassirer’s Cultural Theory: Culture as Symbolical Practice

    Jan Weyand

    Part III: Vicissitudes of Cultural Psychology

    7. Roots and Rise of Cultural Psychology

    Lars Allolio-Näcke

    8. Culture and Personality: A Once and Future Research Program?

    Christian G. Allesch

    9. Bruner’s Lectures: Cultural Psychology in statu nascendi

    William R. Woodward

    10. Ernst E. Boesch and his Symbolic Action Theory 

    Lars Allolio-Näcke

    11. The Repression of Cultural Psychology in the History of Psychology

    Gordana Jovanović

    Part IV: Epistemological Challenges of Cultural Psychology

    12. Contingent Universals as the Expression of a Culture

    Rom Harré and Jean-Pierre Llored

    13. The Place of Culture in Psychology: A Social Constructionist Standpoint

    Kenneth Gergen

    14. Light through a Cultural Lens: Decolonizing the History of Psychology and Resilience

    Wade E. Pickren

    15. Narrative Psychology as Cultural Psychology

    Csaba Pléh

    16. Towards Cultural (African) Psychology: Links, Challenges and Possibilities

    Kopano Ratele

    Part V: Cultural Psychology of Self, Body, Culture and Society

    17. The Self in Japanese Culture from an Embodied Perspective

    Shogo Tanaka

    18. The Moving Body

    Elisa Krause-Kjær, Jensine I. Nedergaard, & Jaan Valsiner

    19. Toward a Vygotskian Analysis of Emotions: Theoretical and Methodological Bases for a Critical Social Psychology

    Gisele Toassa

    20. Aesthetics and Cultural Psychology

    Christian G. Allesch

    21. Let One Person’s Tears not be Infectious: Efik Proverbs as Emotion Regulation Exemplars

    Vivian Dzokoto, Eyo Mensah, Eunsoo Choi, and Melissa Washington-Nortey

    22. Cultural-historical Hyperobjects

    Cathrine Hasse

    23. The Genesis of Macro Cultural Psychology’s Culture Theory from Traditional Cultural Psychology

    Carl Ratner

    24. The Genesis of Macro Cultural Psychology’s Political Orientation from other Approaches to Cultural Psychology

    Carl Ratner

    Part VI: Thinking with Cultural Psychology about the Future

    25. Thinking with Cultural Psychology about the Future

    Gordana Jovanović, Luca Tateo, and Csaba Pléh


    Gordana Jovanović is Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is committed to psychology understood as a human science closely related to other human sciences and philosophy. Her research is theoretically driven, epistemologically reflected and argues for the necessity of historical foundations and the critical responsibility of psychology.

    Lars Allolio-Näcke is manager and scientific coordinator at the Zentralinstitut "Anthropologie der Religion(en)" at Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen, Germany. His main interests include philosophy of subjectivity, historical anthropology, cultural psychology, psychology of religion, and philosophy of science.

    Carl Ratner has been developing a new theory and methodology for four decades under the title "macro cultural psychology." Ratner emphasizes the political character of culture and psychology and uses it to develop social and psychological enrichment. Ratner has lived in and conducted research in China, India, and Saudi Arabia.