An Invitation to Cultural Psychology
- Jaan Valsiner - Aalborg University, Denmark
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.
This book seems to be beyond the reading ability of my cultural psychology students.
Thus far the only available comprehensive introductory level monograph on semiotic cultural psychology.
A very compelling read, Valsiner provides some rich insight into the various domains of human experience providing new approaches for the study of human behaviour.
The book gives an excellent critical introduction to the field of Cultural Psychology. It is highly recommended to anyone teaching Cultural Psychology.
This book is the core text in our MA program in cultural psychology, required for all students.
This book is beyond the level of the students and while it covers some very interesting ground it does not tie in with the course.
a strong overview of a complex field of inquiry