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Author Ratner, Carl.
Title Macro cultural psychology : a political philosophy of mind / Carl Ratner.
Published New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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 Floor2  BF57 .R38 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xvi, 519 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references ( p.477- 497) and index.
Contents Philosophical and Historical Underpinnings of Macro Cultural Psychology -- General Principles of Cultural Psychology -- Macro Culture and Psychology -- Philosophical Principles of Concrete Macro Cultural Psychology -- Concrete Macro Culture and Psychology -- Macro Cultural Psychological Analysis of Micro Level Psychology vs. Micro Cultural Psychology -- The Politics of Macro Cultural Psychology.
Summary "Macro Cultural Psychology 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 of psychological 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, Urie Bronfenbrenner's ecological psychology, as well as work in sociology, anthropology, history, and geography. He also explores 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 to psychology, including indigenous psychology, cross-cultural psychology, activity theory, discourse analysis, mainstream psychology, and evolutionary psychology."--Dust jacket.
Subject Social psychology.
Cognition and culture.
ISBN 9780195373547 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0195373545 (hardcover : alk. paper)
OCLC number 682920628