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The Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology, Second Edition
Edited by Alberto Rosa and Jaan Valsiner
Cambridge University Press / Softcover / Jun 2018
9781316610282 (ISBN-10: 1316610284)
Social Psychology
price: $76.95 (may be subject to change)
701 pages
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Sociocultural psychology is a discipline located at the crossroads between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. This international overview of the field provides an antireductionist and comprehensive account of how experience and behaviour arise from human action with cultural materials in social practices. The outcome is a vision of the dynamics of sociocultural and personal life in which time and developmental constructive transformations are crucial. This second edition provides expanded coverage of how particular cultural artefacts and social practices shape experience and behaviour in the realms of art and aesthetics, economics, history, religion and politics. Special attention is also paid to the development of identity, the self and personhood throughout the lifespan, while retaining the emphasis on experience and development as key features of sociocultural psychology.

Advance praise:

'The Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology is an exemplary effort to offer a scholarly, comprehensive and innovative reference for understanding the interface and co-construction of mind and society. It celebrates the multiplicity and mutuality of sociocultural processes in the global context. This encyclopaedic work is going to become a primary source for students and scholars seeking insights into the domain of sociopsychological analyses. The cutting-edge conceptual and empirical work featured in this Handbook is an indispensable resource for doing psychology in the twenty-first century.' Girishwar Misra, Delhi University, India

'At a time when the neuroscientific view of the mind seems ubiquitous, this book reconnects psychology to its fundamental questions, from the concept of person to the semiotic constitution of mind. Written by a genuinely international team, this Handbook covers core topics of sociocultural psychology in a comprehensive and updated way.' Carlos Cornejo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

'This second edition is a suggestive fresco on how sociocultural psychology, being an idiographic and nomethetic science, is capable of relating new findings from neighbouring disciplines, and how it can provide an effective and original answer to the problem of big data.' Andrea Smorti, University of Florence


Jaan Valsiner, Alberto Rosa, Sergio Salvatore, Gordon Sammut, Martin Bauer, Sandra Jovchelovitch, Alan Costall, Philip J. Rosenbaum, Wolfgang Wagner, Katrin Kello, Andu Rämmer, Reijo Miettinen, Sami Paavola, Vlad Glaveanu, Tania Zittoun, Silvia Español, Cintia Rodríguez, Marisol Basilio, Karina Cárdenas, Silvia Cavalcante, Ana Moreno-Núñez, Pedro Palacios, Noemí Yuste, Alex Gillespie, Katherine Nelson, Eugene Matusov, Giuseppina Marsico, Gustavo Feigenbaum, Toshiya Yamamoto, Noburu Takahashi, Mark Freeman, James Cresswell, Luis Martínez Guerrero, Luca Tateo, Mario Carretero, Floor van Alphen, Cristian Parellada, Brady Wagoner, Sarah Awad Hassan, Ignacio Brescó, Giovanna Leone, Jorge Castro, José C. Loredo, Joao Salgado, Carla Cunha, Seth Surgan, Aurora Pfefferkorn, Emily Abbey, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist, Allan Køster, Pernille Hviid, Jakob Waag Villadsen, Danilo Guimaraes, Marília Antunes Benedito, Ana Flávia do Amaral Madureira, Dieter Ferring

About the Editors:

Alberto Rosa is Professor of Psychology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where he lectures on history of psychology and cultural psychology. He has carried out research and edited books on the developmental psychology of the physically challenged, notably Psicologia de la Ceguera (1993) and El Nino con Paralisis Cerebral (1993), as well as on the history of psychology, such as his Metodologia de la Historia de la Psicologia (1996) and Historical and Theoretical Discourse (1994, co-authored with Jaan Valsiner). His most recent publication, Hacer(se) Ciudadan@s: Una Psicologia para la Democracia (2015), is about the influence of culture and history in shaping identity and citizenship.

Jaan Valsiner is the Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He was the founding editor of the journal Culture and Psychology, and he has published and edited around 40 books, including The Guided Mind (1998), Culture in Minds and Societies (2007) and Invitation to Cultural Psychology (2014). He was awarded the 1995 Alexander von Humboldt Prize and the 2017 Hans Kilian Prize for his interdisciplinary work on human development, as well as the Senior Fulbright Lecturing Award in Brazil 1995-1997. He has been a visiting professor in Brazil, Japan, Australia, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

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