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Völkerpsychologie

Rainer Diriwächter

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396430.013.0003

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Völkerpsychologie

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Völkerpsychologie is, so to speak, the grandfather of cultural psychology who has been left sitting in the corner, full of nostalgia, while yearning for and dreaming of the old days when ambitions and spirits surrounding his existence ran high and dedicated disciples tried to use his knowledge to explain complex mental phenomena. However, it is not the case, as many would like us to believe, that Völkerpsychologie needs to remain an outdated model that has no connection with the present. Many of its problems stem from language barriers, lack of cultural-historical understanding, and the absence of any considerable synthesis that would present it as a unified theoretical model ready to be applied in today's research. Völkerpsychologie, like cultural psychology, is still a work in progress, albeit one that has been left to fend for itself without anyone seriously considering its continuation or integration.

Keywords: völkerpsychologie; culture; history of psychology; wundt; folk psychology

Article.  10785 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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