What is the Situation?

A Comment on the Fourth Japan-USA Seminar on Environment-Behavior Research
  • Susan Saegert


Environmental psychology more than other aspects of psychology takes the situation to be of fundamental interest. By situation I mean the actual physical specifications of a person in a place with other people or alone, and also the convergence of cultural, social, and economic possibilities and constraints that constitute the meaning of the situation. Bruner (1990) explicates the meaning saturated nature of situations when he argues that the subject matter of psychology concerns the narratives that make sense in a culture. This argument, however, poses challenges for the cross-cultural understanding of such narratives, as exemplified in the 20 years of collaboration and exchange among Japanese and U.S. environmental psychologists.


Material World Democratic Decision Cultural Narrative Japanese High School Specialized Knowledge Base 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Saegert
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  1. 1.Department of Environmental PsychologyGraduate School and University Center of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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