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- Culture in Psychology: A Renewed Encounter of Inquisitive Minds
- Cultural psychology
- Cultural Psychology
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Culture in Psychology: A Renewed Encounter of Inquisitive Minds
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This introductory chapter outlines the historical picture of the recent interest in the linking of culture and psychology, as well as the conceptual obstacles that have stood on the way of re-introducing complexity of human psychological functions—higher cultural forms—to psychological research practices. The avoidance of complex and dynamic phenomena affective processes in feeling, religious sentiments that take the form of values, and of the high varieties of cultural forms displayed all over the World has limited psychology's knowledge creation. In the past two decades, with the emergence of cultural psychology at the intersection of developmental, educational, and social psychologies and their linking with cultural anthropology, sociology, and history, we have observed a renewed effort to build an interdisciplinary synthesis of ideas. This takes place in the wider social context of the globalizing world. Psychology needs culture to make sense of the human lives.
Cultural psychology is the study of how cultures reflect and shape the psychological processes of their members. The main tenet of cultural psychology has been and in most cases still is that mind and culture are inseparable and mutually constitutive, meaning that people are shaped by their culture and their culture is also shaped by them. Yet, does culture indeed act as some kind of agent?
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