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The Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology


  • Page extent: 750 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 1.248 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521670050)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published June 2007

Replaced by 9781316610282

US $67.99
Singapore price US $72.75 (inclusive of GST)

This book, first published in 2007, is an international overview of the state of our knowledge in sociocultural psychology - as a discipline located at the crossroads between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Since the 1980s, the field of psychology has encountered the growth of a new discipline - cultural psychology - that has built new connections between psychology, sociology, anthropology, history and semiotics. The handbook integrates contributions of sociocultural specialists from fifteen countries, all tied together by the unifying focus on the role of sign systems in human relations with the environment. It emphasizes theoretical and methodological discussions on the cultural nature of human psychological phenomena, moving on to show how meaning is a natural feature of action and how it eventually produces conventional symbols for communication. Such symbols shape individual experiences and create the conditions for consciousness and the self to emerge; turn social norms into ethics; and set history into motion.

• Includes an editorial introduction and editors' conclusions, which offer suggestions for future developments • The different sections of the book are self-contained, offering contributions which provide a thorough review of the subject matter • Provides methodological tools for expanding the empirical knowledge within the field in new areas, avoiding eclecticism


Editors' introduction. Contemporary social-cultural research: uniting culture, society, and psychology; Part I. Theoretical and Methodological Issues: 1. The myth and beyond: ontology of psyche and epistemology of psychology; 2. Language, cognition, subjectivity - a dynamic constitution; 3. Psychology within time: theorizing about the making of sociocultural psychology; 4. Sampling reconsidered: idiographic science and analysis of personal life trajectories; Part II. From Nature to Culture: 5. The windowless room: 'mediationism' and how to get over it; 6. Functional systems of perception-action and re-mediation; 7. Comparative development of communication: an evolutionary perspective; 8. The material practices of ape language research; 9. The end of myths and legends about biological and cultural evolution: a new view in the knowledge on hominid paleo-ethoecology; Part III. From Orientation to Meaning: 10. Acts of psyche: actuations as synthesis of semiosis and action; 11. Time and movement in symbol formation; 12. Object use, communication and signs: the triadic basis of early cognitive development; 13. Network of meanings: a theoretical-methodological perspective for the investigation of human developmental processes; Part IV. Symbolic Resources for the Constitution of Experience: 14. Dramaturgical actuations and symbolic communication, or how beliefs make up reality; 15. Analysis of cultural emotion: understanding of indigenous psychology for universal implications; 16. The role of symbolic resources in human lives; 17. Perpetual uncertainty of cultural life: becoming reality; 18. Prayer and the kingdom of heavens: psychological tools for directivity; 19. 'Myself, the project': sociocultural interpretations of young adulthood; Part V. From Society to the Person through Culture: 20. Apprenticeship in conversation and culture: emerging sociability in preschool peer talk; 21. The creation of new cultures in peer interaction; 22. 'Culture has no internal territory': culture as dialogue; 23. Cultural-historical approaches to designing for development; 24. Money as a cultural tool mediating personal relationships: child development of exchange and possession; 25. The family: negotiating cultural values; Part VI. From Social Culture to Personal Culture: 26. Culture and social representations; 27. The institutions inside: self, morality and culture; 28. Identity, rights and duties: the illustrative case of positioning by Iran, the United States and the European Union; 29. Symbolic politics and cultural symbols: identity formation between and beyond nations and states; 30. The dialogical self: social, personal, and (un)conscious; Part VII. Making Sense of the Past for the Future: Memory and Self-Reflection: 31. Social and cognitive determinants of collective memory for public events; 32. Collective memory; 33. Issues in the sociocultural study of memory: making memory matter; 34. The social basis of self-reflection; General conclusions.


Jaan Valsiner, Alberto Rosa, Thomas Slunecko, Sophie Hengl, Jorge Castro, Tatsuya Sato, Yuko Yasuda, Ayae Kido, Ayumu Arakawa, Hazime Mizoguchi, Alan Costall, David Travieso, Adolfo Perinat, William Mintz Fields, Par Segerdahl, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Jordi Serrallonga, Silvia Espanol, Cintia Rodriguez, M. Clotilde Rosetti-Ferreira, Katia S. Amorim, Ana Paula S. Silva, Sang-Chin Choi, Gyuseog Han, Chung-Woon Kim, Tania Zittoun, Emily Abbey, Pablo del Rio, Amelia Alvarez, Jeanette A. Lawrence, Agnes Dodds, Michal Hamo, Shoshana Blum-Kulka, William A. Corsaro, Berit O. Johannesen, Eugene Matusov, Mark Smith, Maria Albuquerque Candela, Keren Lilu, Michael Cole, Yrjo Engestrom, Toshiya Yamamoto, Noboru Takahashi, Nandita Chaudhary, Gerard Duveen, Piero Paolicchi, Fathali M. Moghaddam, Kathryn A. Kavulich, Ulf Hedetoft, Joao Salgado, Miguel Gonclalves, Giuglielmo Bellelli, Antonietta Curci, Giovanna Leone, James V. Wertsch, David Middleton, Steven D. Brown, Alex Gillespie

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