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Symbolic Action Theory and Cultural Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540539926
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 8/5/1991
  • Series: Recent Research in Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 387
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Commentary.- 1 Introduction.- 2 Experiencing Culture.- 2.1 First Initiation.- 2.2 Denotative and Connotative Meaning.- 2.3 Goals and Barriers.- 3 Culture: An Action-Theoretical Definition.- 3.1 Culture is a Field of Action.- 3.2 The Contents of the Cultural Field of Action.- 3.3 Culture Defines Possibilities and Conditions for Action.- 3.4 Culture is both a Structure and a Process.- 4 Action-Theoretical Concepts.- 4.1 Some Introductory Remarks.- 4.2 The Concept of Action.- 4.2.1 Action and Acteme.- 4.2.2 The Polyvalence of Goals and Processes.- 4.3 The Phases of Action.- 4.3.1 The Initial Phase of Action.- 4.3.2 The Process Phase of Action.- 4.3.3 The Terminal Phase of Action.- 4.4 Action Relationships.- 4.4.1 Action-Action Coordination.- 4.4.2 Action-Subject Coordination.- 4.4.3 Inter-Individual Coordination.- 4.4.4 Ecological Coordination.- 4.5 Action Field and Action Spheres.- 4.6 Connotations and Symbolism of Action.- 4.6.1 The Dimensions of Symbolism.- 4.6.2 The Pervasiveness of Symbolism.- 4.6.3 Concerning the Anthropological and Psychological Conception of Symbols.- 4.6.4 Symbol and Sign, Public and Private.- 4.6.5 Symbols and Ritual.- 4.6.6 The Focussing of Symbols.- 4.6.7 The “Secondary” Symbols.- 4.7 “Overt” and “Covert” Action.- 4.7.1 Praxic Actions.- 4.7.2 Referent Actions.- 4.8 Is-versus Should-Values and Ranges of Tolerance.- 4.9 The Action Potential.- 4.10 Resistance, Limitations, and Barriers.- 4.11 Dominant Goals of Action.- 4.11.1 Superordinate and Overarching Goals.- 4.11.2 Myths and Fantasms.- 4.12 The Consciousness of Actions.- 4.13 Conflict.- 4.13.1 Intrapersonal Conflict.- 4.13.2 Interpersonal Conflict.- 4.14 Stabilization and Innovation.- 5 Space and Time.- 5.1 Space.- 5.1.1 Objective and Subjective Space.- 5.1.2 The Action Organisation of Space.- 5.1.3 The Symbolic Dimensions of Space.- 5.2 Time.- 5.2.1 Duration and Sequences.- 5.2.2 External Time.- 5.2.3 Recall and Future.- 6 Objects.- 6.1 General Aspects of Man-Object Relationships.- 6.2 Objectivation and Subjectivation.- 6.3 The Symbolism of Objects.- 6.4 Instrumentality and Consumptions.- 6.4.1 An Instrumental Object: Money.- 6.4.2 Still Money: Demonstration and Secrecy.- 6.4.3 Consumption.- 6.5 The Aesthetic Object.- 6.5.1 Beauty and Pleasantness.- 6.5.2 The Experience of Traces.- 6.5.3 The“Bridging Object”.- 6.6 The Magical Object.- 6.6.1 Connotations of Magical Objects.- 6.6.2 Empathy, Monks and Amulets.- 6.6.3 The Transfer of Magical Power.- 6.7 Order and Disorder: The Constellation of Objects.- 7 Myths and Fantasms.- 7.1 Freud and Lévi-Strauss: Variations in Interpretation.- 7.2 Myths, Mythemes and Myth-Stories.- 7.3 The Role of Fantasms.- 7.4 The Impact of Fantasms on Myths: Narcissus.- 7.5 Examples of Myth-Fantasm-Interactions.- 7.5.1 Individual Development: An Example from Psychotherapy.- 7.5.2 Fantasm and Myth in Art: Picasso’s “Guernica”.- 8 The I and the Others: Identity and Empathy.- 8.1 Identity.- 8.1.1 From I to Self.- 8.1.2 The I and the Body.- 8.1.3 Identity and Objects.- 8.1.4 The Ideational Sources of Identity.- 8.2 Empathy.- 9 Epilogue.

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