This book considers cultural psychology from historical, theoretical, and epistemological perspectives, building an understanding of cultural psychology as a human science and moving beyond the nature-culture dichotomy. The unique collection of chapters seeks to advance the field of cultural psychology by reviving its historical legacies and arguing for its social responsibility in future historical developments.

It considers European legacies for cultural psychology as developed by leading figures such as Giambattista Vico, Wilhelm Wundt, Wilhelm Dilthey, and Ernst Cassirer in order to provide insights into a long tradition of thinking from a cultural psychology perspective. The book discusses historical pathways in the rise and repression of cultural psychology and its different historical forms, arguing for the necessity of decolonizing psychology, securing a place for culture in it, and developing an epistemology suited to humankind’s meaning-making processes in mutual shaping of psyche and culture. It provides an integrative and historical understanding of the subject and uses the diversity and heterogeneity within the field to offer critical reflections on its achievements. The thoroughly international group of contributors brings diverse analyses of self, body, emotions, culture, and society and considers the future of cultural psychology.

The volume is a stimulating read for scholars and students of cultural and theoretical psychology and related areas including philosophy, anthropology, and history.

chapter |12 pages


ByGordana Jovanović

part |2 pages

Cultural psychology as a human science

chapter 1|22 pages

Cultural psychology as a human science

ByGordana Jovanović

chapter 2|20 pages

Natureculture in a transformative worldview

Moving beyond the “interactionist consensus”
ByAnna Stetsenko

part |2 pages

Reviving historical legacies for cultural psychology

chapter 3|16 pages

Nature unveiling herself before science

The relationship between mind and culture in the perspective of Giambattista Vico
ByLuca Tateo

chapter 4|10 pages

Völkerpsychologie as cultural psychology

The place of culture in Wundt’s psychological project
BySaulo de Freitas Araujo

chapter 6|11 pages

Ernst Cassirer’s cultural theory

Culture as symbolical practice
ByJan Weyand

part |2 pages

Vicissitudes of cultural psychology

chapter 7|14 pages

Roots and rise of cultural psychology

ByLars Allolio-Näcke

chapter 8|12 pages

Culture and personality

A once and future research program?
ByChristian G. Allesch

chapter 9|20 pages

Bruner’s lectures

Cultural psychology in statu nascendi
ByWilliam R. Woodward

chapter 10|12 pages

Ernst E. Boesch and his symbolic action theory

ByLars Allolio-Näcke

chapter 11|18 pages

The repression of cultural psychology in the history of psychology

ByGordana Jovanović

part |2 pages

Epistemological challenges of cultural psychology

chapter 12|18 pages

Contingent universals as the expression of a culture

ByRom Harré, Jean-Pierre Llored

chapter 13|13 pages

The place of culture in psychology

A social constructionist standpoint
ByKenneth J. Gergen

chapter 14|17 pages

Light through a cultural lens

Decolonizing the history of psychology and resilience
ByWade E. Pickren

chapter 15|13 pages

Narrative psychology as cultural psychology 1

ByCsaba Pléh

chapter 16|19 pages

Toward cultural (African) psychology

Links, challenges, and possibilities
ByKopano Ratele

part |2 pages

Cultural psychology of self, body, culture and society

chapter 17|13 pages

The self in Japanese culture from an embodied perspective

ByShogo Tanaka

chapter 18|17 pages

The moving body 1

ByElisa Krause-Kjær, Jensine I. Nedergaard, Jaan Valsiner

chapter 19|17 pages

Toward a Vygotskian analysis of emotions

Theoretical and methodological bases for a critical social psychology 1
ByGisele Toassa

chapter 20|19 pages

Aesthetics and cultural psychology

ByChristian G. Allesch

chapter 21|20 pages

Let one person’s tears not be infectious

Efik proverbs as emotion regulation exemplars
ByVivian Dzokoto, Eyo Mensah, Eunsoo Choi, Melissa Washington-Nortey

chapter 22|11 pages

Cultural-historical hyperobjects

ByCathrine Hasse

part |2 pages

Thinking with cultural psychology about the future

chapter 25|8 pages

Thinking with cultural psychology about the future

ByGordana Jovanović, Luca Tateo, Csaba Pléh, William R. Woodward