Meaning in Action: Constructions, Narratives, and Representations
Meaning in Action: Constructions, Narratives, and Representations.
T. Sugiman - K. Gergen - W. Wagner - Y. Yamada
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.