Genetic Social Psychology: From Microgenesis to Ontogenesis, Sociogenesis… and Back

  • Charis Psaltis


As recently argued by Valsiner (2013, p. ix), psychology is in deep crisis because of its success in amassing large quantities of empirical evidence but rarely addressing the question “What for?”Valsiner refers to the life work of the late Gerard Duveen as “a good illustration of what kind of scholarship could bring psychology out of its crisis of limited generalization value”, even going so far as to state that genetic social psychology, is “the idea that will live”(Valsiner, 2013, p. ix). Moscovici (2010) states that the work of Duveen inspired some of his writings (see Moscovici, 1990), and that Duveen “had been able to raise fundamental epistemo-logical questions and to propose some elements of answer on which we must reflect further”(p.2.4).


Cognitive Development Social Identity Social Representation Historical Narrative Intergroup Relation 
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