Cultural Psychology: A Once And Future Discipline

Cultural Psychology: A Once And Future Discipline

Cultural Psychology: A Once and Future Discipline

The distinguished psychologist Michael Cole, known for his pioneering work in literacy, cognition, and human development, offers a multifaceted account of what cultural psychology is, what it has been, and what it can be. A rare synthesis of the theory and empirical work shaping the field, this book will become a major foundation for the emerging discipline.

From Library Journal
This book is an attempt to answer two questions: "Why do psychologists find it so difficult to keep culture in mind?" and "If you are a psychologist who believes that culture is a fundamental constituent of human thought and action, what can you do that is scientifically acceptable?" The answer to the first question involves an excursion into the history of psychology, exploring the way in which experimental science became divorced from the historical sciences. In addressing the second question, Cole (communication and psychology, Univ. of California, San Diego) builds upon the "cultural-historical" school of Russian psychology and advocates a methodology based upon field studies. In an increasingly diverse society, the neglect of cultural differences or their banishment as "extraneous variables" should be troubling to psychologists, and Cole's prescriptions for...

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