Meaning in Action: Constructions, Narratives, and Representations / Edition 1

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Traditional psychology has long been concerned with cognition, motivation, emotion, and the mind in general-the mind being held responsible for individual behavior in society-and scholars of social and cultural psychology have worked in relative isolation. Meaning in Action is a bold departure as it places culture at the center of human functioning and posits that it is not the independent mind that gives rise to human action but participation in a world of socially created meanings. Each chapter illuminates the socially grounded view of the individual. Investigations into the power of shared meanings, norms, and moralities in everyday life, as well as individual and social narratives, point to their pivotal significance in human relationships. Among other topics, it provides new insights into forgiveness, infant adoption, trauma, supranational identity, and prejudice. The book offers an alternative to the widely dominant vision of psychological functioning and draws on a wide variety of current movements to present a deeply challenging and globally integrative view of human behavior. Written for: Scientists, practitioners and graduate students in psychology, sociology, education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784431746799
  • Publisher: Springer Japan
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

The Social Turn in the Science of Human Action
T. Sugiman, K.J. Gergen, W. Wagner, and Y. Yamada Part I: The Power of Meaning 1 Refl ections on the Diversity of Knowledge: Power and Dialogue in Representational Fields
S. Jovchelovitch 2 Discourse and Representation in the Construction of Witchcraft
W. Wagner, A. Mecha, and M. do R. Carvalho 3 Culture, Psychotherapy, and the Diasporic Self as Transitoric Identity: A Reply to Social Constructionist and Postmodern Concepts of Narrative Psychotherapy
B. Zielke and J. Straub 4 Generative Inquiry in Therapy: From Problems to Creativity
D.F. Schnitman 5 Constructing Trauma and Its Treatment: Knowledge, Power and Resistance
C. Quosh and K.J. Gergen Part II: Constructing Meaning in Everyday Life 6 Moralities We Live by: Moral Focusing in the Context of Technological Change
N. Kronberger 7 A Theory of Construction of Norm and Meaning:Osawa’s Theory of Body
T. Sugiman 8 The Transcendental Nature of Norms: Infants in Residential Nurseries and Child Adoption
A. Rakugi 9 Using Social Knowledge: A Case Study of a Diarist’s Meaning Making During World War II
T. Zittoun, A. Gillespie, F. Cornish, and E.L. Aveling Part III: Narrative and Dialogue 10 Twice-Told-Tales: Small Story Analysis and the Process of Identity Formation
M. Bamberg 11 Human/Nature Narratives and Popular Films: Big, Bad, Bold, Benefi cent, Bountiful, Beautiful and Bereft
M. Gergen 12 Opposite and Coexistent Dialogues: Repeated Voices and the Side-by-Side Position of Self and Other
Y. Yamada 13 Narrative Mode of Thought in Disaster Damage Reduction: A Crossroad for Narrative and Gaming Approaches
K. Yamori 14 A Dialogical Perspective of Social Representations of Responsibility
I. Marková Part IV:Action 15 The Social and the Cultural: Where do They Meet?
J. Valsiner 16 Moral Responsibility and Social Fiction
T. Kozakai 17 Social Psychology and Literature: Toward Possible Correspondence
A. Contarello

18 Historical Confl ict and Resolution between Japan and China:Developing and Applying a Narrative Theory of History and Identity
J.H. Liu and T. Atsumi Subject Index

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