Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences

  • Jaan Valsiner
  • Peter C. M. Molenaar
  • Maria C.D.P. Lyra
  • Nandita Chaudhary

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Rosapia Lauro-Grotto, Sergio Salvatore, Alessandro Gennaro, Omar Gelo
    Pages 1-30
  3. Denny Borsboom, Rogier A. Kievit, Daniel Cervone, S. Brian Hood
    Pages 67-97
  4. Aglaja Przyborski, Thomas Slunecko
    Pages 141-170
  5. Sergio Salvatore, Rosapia Lauro-Grotto, Alessandro Gennaro, Omar Gelo
    Pages 171-190
  6. Ellen L. Hamaker, Conor V. Dolan
    Pages 191-216
  7. Tatsuya Sato, Tomo Hidaka, Mari Fukuda
    Pages 217-240
  8. Alexander von Eye, G. Anne Bogat
    Pages 241-253
  9. Peter C.M. Molenaar, Nilam Ram
    Pages 255-268
  10. Ingmar Visser, Maartje E. J. Raijmakers, Han L. J. van der Maas
    Pages 269-289
  11. Marieke E. Timmerman, Eva Ceulemans, Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Kristof Vansteelandt
    Pages 291-318
  12. Alexander Wettstein, Beat Thommen
    Pages 353-382
  13. Dankert Vedeler, Andrea P. Garvey
    Pages 431-453
  14. María Elisa Molina, Maria Teresa del Rio
    Pages 455-475
  15. Irini Kadianaki
    Pages 477-492
  16. Herbert Scheithauer, Kay Niebank, Angela Ittel
    Pages 595-617
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 651-668

About this book


Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences

Edited by Jaan Valsiner, Peter C.M. Molenaar, Maria C.D.P. Lyra, and Nandita Chaudhary


Reality is dynamic: filled with variables and constantly in flux. So are the physical, psychological, and social processes that make up our lives—so much so, assert the contributors to Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences, that phenomena science often dismisses as "anecdotal" evidence are in fact the valuable record of highly individual dynamic systems.

Informed by dynamic systems theory and the rich history of person-centered therapy, the editors argue that the current emphasis on phenomena as data eliminates unique human context in the name of statistical accuracy, and propose instead an idiopathic re-reading of the social sciences. An international panel of researchers provides historical bases for the study of dynamic phenomena as well as a variety of pertinent applications from daycare centers to political parties, answering bedrock questions about idiographic research (e.g., what constitutes sampling?), and offering scientifically valid methods for extracting evidence from individual cases. Among the topics covered:

  • Systemic knowledge use in medicine and psychology.
  • The ethnography of everyday life.
  • Life histories as sources for knowledge.
  • Qualitative modeling of intra-individual change.
  • Social dynamics in complex family contexts.
  • Dynamic methodology in infancy research.

With its balance of quantitative and qualitative approaches, Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences consolidates a growing, innovative knowledge base particularly suited to the current state of social science, and stands as a forward-looking reference for psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and educators.


Stereotyp data analysis development developmental psychology dynamic methodology dynamic phenomena dynamic psychological process social pscyhology

Editors and affiliations

  • Jaan Valsiner
  • Peter C. M. Molenaar
  • Maria C.D.P. Lyra
  • Nandita Chaudhary

There are no affiliations available

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-95921-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-95922-1
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