Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind

Hardcover | August 10, 2011

byCarl Ratner

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This book articulates a bold, new, systematic theory of psychology, culture, and their interrelation. It explains how macro cultural factors -- social institutions, cultural artifacts, and cultural concepts -- are the cornerstones of society and how they form the origins and characteristics ofpsychological phenomena. This theory is used to explain the diversity of psychological phenomena such as emotions, self, intelligence, sexuality, memory, reasoning, perception, developmental processes, and mental illness. Ratner draws upon Lev Vygotsky's sociocultural psychology, Bronfenbrenner'secological psychology, as well as work in sociology, anthropology, history, and geography, to explore the political implications and assumptions of psychological theories regarding social policy and reform. The theory outlined here addresses current theoretical and political issues such as agency, realism, objectivity, subjectivism, structuralism, postmodernism, and multiculturalism. In this sense, the book articulates a systematic political philosophy of mind to examine numerous approaches topsychology, including indigenous psychology, cross-cultural psychology, activity theory, discourse analysis, mainstream psychology, and evolutionary psychology.

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This book articulates a bold, new, systematic theory of psychology, culture, and their interrelation. It explains how macro cultural factors -- social institutions, cultural artifacts, and cultural concepts -- are the cornerstones of society and how they form the origins and characteristics ofpsychological phenomena. This theory is use...

Carl Ratner is the Director of The Institute for Cultural Research and Education in Northern California. He has written widely on cultural psychology and qualitative methodology. He has been a professor of social psychology and has also spent extensive periods abroad, including time in Saudi Arabia, five months at Nehru University in I...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 6.1 × 9.41 × 1.5 inPublished:August 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195373545

ISBN - 13:9780195373547

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Philosophical and Historical Underpinnings of Macro Cultural Psychology2. General Principles of Cultural Psychology3. Macro Culture and Psychology4. Philosophical Principles of Concrete Macro Cultural Psychology5. Concrete Macro Culture and Psychology6. Macro Cultural Psychological Analysis of Micro Level Psychology vs. Micro Cultural Psychology7. The Politics of Macro Cultural PsychologyAppendix: A Curriculum of Courses in Cultural PsychologyReferencesIndex