Psychology in Black and White

The Project of a Theory-Driven Science

By:
Sergio Salvatore, University of Salento

A volume in the series: Advances in Cultural Psychology: Constructing Human Development. Editor(s): Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University.

Published 2015

This book is long awaited within the contemporarily creative field of cultural psychologies. It is a theoretical synthesis that is at the level of innovations that Sigmund Freud, James Mark Baldwin, William Stern, Kurt Lewin, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and Jan Smedslund have brought into psychology over the past century. Here we can observe a creative solution to integrating cultural psychology with the rich traditions of psychodynamic perspectives, without repeating the conceptual impasses in which many psychoanalytic perspectives have become
caught.

CONTENTS
Series Editor's Preface. New Synthesis: A dynamic theory of Sense-Making Introduction. Psychology as the science of the explanandum PART I – MICRO-PHYSICS OF SENSEMAKING Chapter 1. The meaning of our discontent. Chapter 2. The Semio-Dynamic Model of Sensemaking (SDMS). Chapter 3. Micro-dynamic of sensemaking. Chapter 4. The semiotic Big Bang. PART II. THEORETICAL EXPLORATIONS Chapter 5. The contextuality of mind. Chapter 6. Beyond subject and object. Chapter 7. Affect and desire as semiotic processes. Chapter 8. Exercises of semiotic reframing. PART III. A NEW METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH Chapter 9. Field dependency and abduction. Chapter 10. The modelling of sensemaking. Chapter 11. Models and strategies of empirical investigation. Chapter 12. Studies of sensemaking. Epilogue. References.