Psychology & Society
Psychology & Society


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Psychology & Society is an online peer-reviewed and open access journal that focuses on how the social world shapes psychological functioning and vice-versa. The journal publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical work that contributes to the knowledge of how the social world and the psyche are intertwined, interrelated and interdependent. Submissions are encouraged to contribute to and/or critique the social and societal aspects of psychological and behavioral functioning. Such a broad aim allows for the journal to publish a variety of international and interdisciplinary perspectives, a multiplicity of methods and analytic techniques, as well as an array of epistemological and methodological frameworks. Similarly, submissions such as reviews, meta-analyses, original research, and theoretical/methodological contributions or critiques are welcome.

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The Personal, the Collective, and the Cultural: Introduction to the Special Issue
PATRICK BYERS

A central task for psychology is to conceptualize the relation between people, social worlds, and culture. This special issue contains articles that do just this. From a primarily socio-cultural orientation, these articles address questions that range from how collectively available cultural forms are made meaningful by the individual to critical examinations of the concept of the individual from psychology.


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Exploring the Intersection of Personal and Collective Meanings: ‘Responsibility’ in the Transition to Adulthood
ELSA DE MATTOS & ANGELA BRANCO

In this study, we depart from the perspectives of the cultural psychology and dialogical self theory, and explore how a young woman navigates into collective culture and constructs a new personal meaning of herself as a “responsible person”. We investigate how the value of ‘responsibility’ becomes progressively integrated into her personal system of values.


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Relations Between the Individual and the Socio-­Cultural: The ZPD and the ZPWE and the Philosophy of Second Hand Knowledge
JOSEPH GLICK

This article traces differing patterns of conceptualizing the relationship between the individual and the socio-cultural conceptions of development as they are seen through the lens of three conceptual frameworks: the cognitive-developmental, the dialogical, and the activity-participatory. In addition, it examines the ways in which these conceptualizations are related in the development, both within and between, various theoretical orientations to the analysis of development, as they have emerged in recent years.


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