The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

ISBN : 9780199366200

Jaan Valsiner
1152 Pages
181 x 253 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
Oxford Library of Psychology
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The goal of cultural psychology is to explain the ways in which human cultural constructions - for example, rituals, stereotypes, and meanings - organize and direct human acting, feeling, and thinking in different social contexts. A rapidly growing, international field of scholarship, cultural psychology is ready for an interdisciplinary, primary resource. Linking psychology, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, and history, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the quintessential volume that unites the variable perspectives from these disciplines. Comprised of over fifty contributed chapters, this book provides a necessary, comprehensive overview of contemporary cultural psychology. Bridging psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives, one will find in this handbook: - A concise history of psychology that includes valuable resources for innovation in psychology in general and cultural psychology in particular - Interdisciplinary chapters including insights into cultural anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, culture and conceptions of the self, and semiotics and cultural connections - Close, conceptual links with contemporary biological sciences, especially developmental biology, and with other social sciences - A section detailing potential methodological innovations for cultural psychology By comparing cultures and the (often differing) human psychological functions occuring within them, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the ideal resource for making sense of complex and varied human phenomena.


Part One: Historical Linkages of Culture and Psychology
Introduction: Culture in Psychology: A Renewed Encounter of Inquisitive Minds
Jaan Valsiner
1. Culture and Psychology: Words and Ideas in History
Gustav Jahoda
2. Volkerpsychologie
Rainer Diriwachter
3. Cultural-historical Psychology: Contributions of Lev Vygotsky
Rene van der Veer
Part Two: Inter- and Intra-disciplinary Perspectives
4. The Role of Indigenous Psychologies in the Building of Basic Cultural Psychology
Pradeep Chakkarath
5. Cultural Anthropology
Susan Rasmussen
6. Cross-cultural Psychology: Taking People, Contexts, and Situations Seriously
Heidi Keller
7. Archaeology and the Study of Material Culture: Synergies with Cultural Psychology
Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal
Part Three: Positions in the Field
8. Enactivism
Cor Baerveldt and Theo Verhaggen
9. Positioning Theory: Moral Dimensions of Social-cultural Psychology
Rom Harre
10. Macro-cultural Psychology
Carl Ratner
Part Four: Semiosis in Culture and Psychology
11. Social Life of the Sign: Sensemaking in Society
Sergio Salvatore
12. Meaningful Connections: Semiotics, Cultural Psychology, and the Forms of Sense
Robert Innis
13. The City as a Sign: A Developmental-Experiential Approach to Spatial Life
Nikita A. Kharlamov
14. Modeling Iconic Literacy: The Dynamic Models for Complex Cultural Objects
Rebeca Puche-Navarro
15. Existential Semiotics and Cultural Psychology
Eero Tarasti
Part Five: Action, Self, and Narration
16. Culture: Result and Condition of Action
Ernest Boesch
17. Culture Inclusive Action Theory: Action Theory in Dialectics and Dialectics in Action Theory
Lutz Eckensberger
18. The Other in the Self: A Triadic Unit
Livia Mathias Simao
19. Dialogical Theory of Selfhood
Tiago Bento, Carla Cunha, and Joao Salgado
20. Narrative Scenarios: Toward a Culturally Thick Notion of Narrative
Jens Brockmeier
21. Culture in Action: A Discursive Approach
Kyoko Murakami
22. Social Representations as Anthropology of Culture
Ivana Markova
Part Six: Tools for Living: Transcending Social Limitations
23. Life Course: A Sociocultural Perspective
Tania Zittoun
24. Being Poor: Cultural Tools for Survival
Ana Cecilia S. Bastos and Elaine P. Rabinovich
25. Cultural Psychology of Racial Ideology in Historical Perspective: An Analytic Approach to Understanding Racialized Societies and Their Psychological Effects on Lives
Cynthia E. Winston and Michael R. Winston
26. Belonging to Gender: Social Identities, Symbolic Boundaries, and Images
Ana Flavia do Amaral Madureira
27. Risk and Culture
Bob Heyman
28. Constructing Histories
Mario Carretero and Angela Bermudez
Part Seven: Emergence of Culture
29. Roots of Culture in the Umwelt
Riin Magnus and Kalevi Kull
30. Culture and Epigenesis: A Waddingtonian View
Iddo Tavory, Eva Jablonka, and Simona Ginsburg
31. From Material to Symbolic Cultures: Culture in Primates
Christophe Boesch
Part Eight: Human Movement Through Culture
32. Encountering Alterity: Geographic and Semantic Movements
Alex Gillespie, Irini Kadianaki, and Ria O'Sullivan-Lago
33. Crossing Thresholds: Movement as a Means of Transformation
Zachary Beckstead
34. Never at Home? Migrants between Societies
Mariann Martsin and Hala W. Mahmoud
Part Nine: Culture of Higher Social Regulators: Values, Magic, and Duties
35. Values and Sociocultural Practices: Pathways to Moral Development
Angela Uchoa Branco
36. The Inter-generational Continuity of Values
M. Bame Nsamenang
37. The Making of Magic: Cultural Constructions of the Mundane Supernatural
Meike Watzlawik and Jaan Valsiner
38. Duties and Rights
Fathali M. Moghaddam, Cristina Novoa, and Zachary Warren
Part Ten: Cultural interfaces: Persons and Institutions
39. The Interface between the Sociology of Practice and the Analysis of Talk in the Study of Change in Educational Settings
Harry Daniels
40. The Work of Schooling
Guiseppina Marsico and Antonio Iannacone
41. Helping and Collaborating as Cultural Practices
Angelica Lopez, Behnosh Najafi, Barbara Rogoff, and Rebeca Mejia Arauz
42. Design Experimentation and Mutual Appropriation: Two Strategies for Implementing Intervention Research
Deborah Downing-Wilson, Robert Lecusay, and Michael Cole
Part Eleven: Social Networks and Cultural Affectivity
43. Affective Networks: The Social Terrain of a Complex Culture
Nandita Chaudhary
44. Peer Relations
Li Xiao-wen
45. Culture in Play
Bert van Oers
46. Affect and Culture
Manfred Holodynski and Wolfgang Friedlmeier
Part Twelve: Towards Methodological Innovations for Cultural Psychology
47. Ambivalence and its Transformations
Emily Abbey
48. Guesses on the Future of Cultural Psychology: Past, Present-and-past
Aaro Toomela
49. Culture in Constructive Remembering
Brady Wagoner
50. How Can We Study Interactions Mediated by Money as a Cultural Tool: From the Perspectives of Toshiya Yamamoto, Noboru Takahashi, Tatsuya Sato, Takeo Kazuku, Oh Seonah, and Pian Chengnan
51. The Authentic Culture of Living Well: Pathways to Psychological Well-being
Tatsuya Sato, Mari Fukuda, Tomo Hidaka, Ayae Kido, Miki Nishida, and Mayu Akasaka
52. Psychology Courting Culture: Future Directions and Their Implications
Jaan Valsiner

About the author: 

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D., is Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University; Professor of Psychology, Clark University; and founding editor of the journal Culture and Psychology.

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