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An Invitation to Cultural Psychology looks at the everyday life worlds of human beings through the lens of a new synthetic perspective in cultural psychology – that of semiotic dynamics.

Based on historical work from many different fields in the social and behavioural sciences, and the humanities too, this perspective applied to cultural psychology suggests that human beings are constantly creating, maintaining and abandoning hierarchies of meanings within all cultural contexts they experience. It's a perspective that leans heavily on the work of the great French philosopher, Henri Bergson, only now being realised as a core basis for human cultural living.

Jaan Valsiner is the founding editor of the major journal in the field, Culture & Psychology, and Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. He is the first Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he leads Europe's first Research Centre on Cultural Psychology.

Human Experience Through the Lens of Culture: An Invitation to Psychology in a New Key
Human experience through the lens of culture: An invitation to psychology in a new key

My workspace is in disorder. Or so it seems—for others, not for me. Books, books, and more books—everywhere. Papers—copied articles, abandoned drafts—all over the floor. Nobody but myself can detect an order in this mess. Sometimes I fail as well. The search for an article I put into a special place among that artistic chaos—to find it later for sure—turns into a drama when that search fails. Of course the paper will be found sometime later. But the tension about ‘where on Earth did I put it?’ has by that time been lived through.

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