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The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology (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, this handbook is the ideal resource for making sense of complex and varied human phenomena.

About the Author

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Clark University, and founding editor of the journal Culture and Psychology.

Table of Contents


Part I. 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. Völkerpsychologie

Rainer Diriwächter

3. Cultural-historical psychology: Contributions of Lev Vygotsky

René van der Veer

Part II. 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 III. Positions in the field

8. Enactivism

Cor Baerveldt and Theo Verhaggen

9. Positioning Theory: Moral Dimensions of Social-Cultural Psychology

Rom Harré

10. Macro-cultural psychology

Carl Ratner

Part IV. 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 V. 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

Lívia Mathias Simão

19. Dialogical Theory of Selfhood

Tiago Bento, Carla Cunha, and João 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 Marková

Part VI. Tools for living: transcending social limitations

23. Life course: A sociocultural perspective

Tania Zittoun

24. Being poor: cultural tools for survival

Ana Cecília 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 Flávia do Amaral Madureira

27. Risk and culture

Bob Heyman

28. Constructing histories

Mario Carretero and Angela Bermudez

Part VII. 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 VIII. 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 Märtsin and Hala W. Mahmoud

Part IX. 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, Jaan Valsiner

38. Duties and Rights

Fathali M. Moghaddam, Cristina Novoa, and Zachary Warren

Part X. 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

Angélica López, Behnosh Najafi, Barbara Rogoff, and Rebeca Mejía Arauz

42. Design Experimentation and Mutual Appropriation: Two Strategies for Implementing Intervention Research

Deborah Downing-Wilson, Robert Lecusay, and Michael Cole

Part XI. 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 XII. 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 "Cultural Psychology of Differences" as a dialogical method

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

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