Cultural Psychology and Its Future

Complementarity in a New Key

Edited by:
Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University
Nandita Chaudhary, University of Delhi
Pernille Hviid, University of Copenhagen

A volume in the series: Niels Bohr Professorship Lectures in Cultural Psychology. Editor(s): Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University. Nandita Chaudhary, University of Delhi. Pernille Hviid, University of Copenhagen.

Published 2014

Cultural Psychology is a radical new look in psychology that studies how persons and social-cultural worlds mutually constitute one another. With the increase of globalization and multicultural exchanges, cultural psychology becomes the psychological science for the 21st century. Encounters with others fundamentally transform the way we understand ourselves. No longer can we ignore questions about how our cultural traditions, practices, beliefs, artifacts and other people constitute how we approach, understand, imagine and remember the world. The Niels Bohr Professorship Lectures in Cultural Psychology series aims to highlight and develop new ideas that advance our understanding of these issues.

This first volume in the series features an address by Prof. Jaan Valsiner, which is followed by ten commentary chapters and his response to them. In his lecture, Valsiner explores what Niels Bohr’s revolutionary principle of ‘complementarity’ can contribute to the development of a cultural psychology that takes time, semiotics, and human feeling seriously. Commentators further discuss how complementarity can act as an epistemology for psychology; a number of new methodological strategies for incorporating culture and time into investigations; and what cultural psychology can contribute to our understanding of imagination, art, language and self-other relations.

Editors Introduction: Cultural Psychology Reborn, Brady Wagoner, Nandita Chaudhary and Pernille Hviid. PART I: THE NIELS BOHR PROFESSORSHIP LECTURE. Cultural Psychology and Its Future: Complementarity in a New Key, Jaan Valsiner. PART 2: COMPLEMENTARITY AS EPISTEMOLOGY. Complementarity as an Epistemology of Life, Ivana Marková. Onlookers and Actors in the Drama of Existence: Complementarity in Cultural Psychology and Its Existential Aspects, Svend Brinkmann. Affordances, Mereology, Positions, and the Possibility of a Cultural Psychology: A Little Something Complementary to Some of the Themes in Jaan Valsiner’s Address, Rom Harré. PART 3: METHODOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS. Open Complementarity in Cultural Psychology, Luca Tateo and Giuseppina Marsico. From Describing to Reconstructing Life Trajectories: How the TEA (Trajectory Equifinality Approach) Explicates Context-Dependent Human Phenomena, Tatsuya Sato, Yuko Yasuda, Mami Kanzaki and Jaan Valsiner. Developing Idiographic Research Methodology: Extending the Trajectory Equifinality Model and Historically Situated Samplin, Eric Jensen and Brady Wagoner. PART 4: INTERPRETATION, IMAGINATION, AND ART. Valsiner’s Horizons Toward Bohr’s Tradition, Lívia Mathias Simão. On Not Beating One’s Wings in the Void: Linking Contexts of Meaning-Making, Robert E. Innis. Kierkegaard, Kitchen, Complementarity and Cultural Psychology: A Thought Experiment, Sven Hroar Klempe. Sculpture and Art Installations: Toward a Cultural Psychological Analysis, Tania Zittoun and Alex Gillespie. PART 5: REPLY. Complementarity Transformed: Constructing Freedom on the Border, Jaan Valsiner.