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Cultivating Possibilities for Cultural Psychology. Jerome Bruner in His Becoming

  • Giuseppina MarsicoEmail author
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Part of the Cultural Psychology of Education book series (CPED, volume 2)

Abstract

Jerome Bruner, all along his career, has been always interested in grasping the complex relationship of the human psyche with the socio cultural context. This holistic approach is the very core of the cultural psychology perspective that has nothing to do with the fragmentation of the current research in psychology, mostly focused on “discrete elements of a phenomena” or only “a portion of a behavior”. Cultural psychology, instead, deals with the goal-oriented and meaningful human conduct which is hardly modeled by standardized methods, but that is intelligible troughs narratives from which the cultural nature of meanings emerges. Bruner has been at the forefront of this current scientific enterprise that runs under the label of cultural psychology, largely contributing to its two main investigative axes: the topic of culture in human development and the dynamic of social discourses of ordinary people in their culturally organized contexts. Cultural psychology pays attention to the interconnection between mental processes and cultural and contextual dimensions. Its objects of study are the higher psychological functions and the mechanisms through which individuals form their minds and attribute meanings to their lives and to the world surrounding them. The fundamental issues of who we are as humans and how we become humans imply a holistic approach to the psyche in its complexity. The legacy of Jerry Bruner is taken over by those scholars that are working in turning psychology into a science of the human ways of being.

Keywords

Bruner Cultural psychology Human being Psyche Possibilities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Philosophic and Education Sciences (DISUFF)University of SalernoFiscianoItaly

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