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The Challenges of Cultural Psychology
Historical Legacies and Future Responsibilities

ISBN 9781138677227
Published September 10, 2018 by Routledge
458 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Gordana Jovanovic 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.