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Macro Cultural PsychologyA Political Philosophy of Mind$
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Carl Ratner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373547.001.0001

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Macro culture and psychology

Macro culture and psychology

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Macro Cultural Psychology

Carl Ratner

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains macro cultural factors as the basis of psychological phenomena. It discusses social institutions, cultural concepts, and social artifacts as key macro cultural factors that are central to the form and content of psychological phenomena. It explains the dlalectical relation between macro cultural factors and psychology. Psychology is formed in macro cultural factors, it embodies their features, and it functions to promulgate them. The chapter explains how all this occurs, and it provides examples. The chapter articulates a structure of culture in which the political economy is dominant over other factors. This makes the political economy dominant in psychology which is formed by macro cultural factors. The political economic core of society is what makes it a coherent, unified system.

Keywords:   social institutions, cultural concepts, social artifacts, structure of culture, political economy

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