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An Invitation to Cultural Psychology looks at the everyday life worlds of human beings through the lens of a new synthetic perspective in cultural psychology - that of semiotic dynamics.
Based on historical work from many different fields in the social and behavioural sciences, and the humanities too, this perspective applied to cultural psychology suggests that human beings are constantly creating, maintaining and abandoning hierarchies of meanings within all cultural contexts they experience. It's a perspective that leans heavily on the work of the great French philosopher, Henri Bergson, only now being realised as a core basis for human cultural living.
Jaan Valsiner is the founding editor of the major journal in the field, Culture & Psychology, and Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. He is the first Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he leads Europe's first Research Centre on Cultural Psychology.
Jaan Valsiner is Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the founding editor (1995) of the Sage journal, Culture & Psychology. And of The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology (2012). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences (Springer, from 2007). In 1995 he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize in Germany for his interdisciplinary work on human development, and Senior Fulbright Lecturing Award in Brazil 1995-1997. He has been a visiting professor in Brazil, Japan, Australia, Estonia. Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Introduction: Why Cultural Psychology? Making the human condition meaningful Chapter 1: Human Experience through the Lens of Culture: An invitation to psychology in a new key Chapter 2: What is culture? And -- why human psychology needs to be cultural? Chapter 3: Co-constructing the Mind Socially: Beyond a communion Chapter 4: Mutuality of Internalization and Externalization Chapter 5: Creating Ourselves: Signs, myths, and resistances Chapter 6: Sign Hierarchies: Their construction, use, and demolition Chapter 7: How Culture is Made Through Objects Chapter 8: Cultivating Environments: Over-determination by meaning Chapter 9: Weaving Social Textures Together: Personal and collective culture in action Chapter 10: Signs as Organizers: Maintaining and innovating tensions Epilogue: Cultural psychology as a science of universality of culture