Psychology Courting Culture: Future Directions and Their Implications

Jaan Valsiner

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Psychology Courting Culture: Future Directions and Their Implications

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Eleven propositions for future development of culture in psychology are outlined, based on the 51 contributions to this handbook: (1) History of psychology includes valuable resources for innovation in psychology in general and cultural psychology in particular; (2) cultural psychology can assume no single cultural system as normative; (3) cultural psychology needs to construct culture-inclusive research methodology that is free from the sociopolitical constraints of the “quantification imperative”; (4) cultural psychology needs close conceptual links with contemporary biological sciences—especially developmental biology; (5) cultural psychology shares conceptual concerns with other social sciences—anthropology, archaeology, urban sociology—and benefits from its unity with those; (6) cultural psychology studies structured oppositions that give rise to new cultural forms through human actions; (7) the future of cultural psychology should include studies of fixed-feature objects; (8) cultural psychology investigates regulatory processes of nonlinear kinds (in contrast with assuming models of linear causality); (9) cultural psychology creates data from various sources: cultural processes and products; (10) cultural psychology needs to elaborate the notion of participation that stands at the intersection of person and society, and (11) cultural psychology needs to develop a meta-reflexive stand in the form of cultural psychology of social sciences. The macrosocial context of globalization works in favor of the integration of culture in psychology since the worldwide encounters of persons of varied backgrounds render mutual understanding necessary. Such understanding is possible on the basis of the know-how of cultural psychology.

Keywords: future; culture; psychology; methodology; globalization

Article.  9304 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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