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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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The politics of macro cultural psychology

The politics of macro cultural psychology

7 The politics of macro cultural psychology
Macro Cultural Psychology

Carl Ratner

Oxford University Press

Political ramifications of macro cultural psychology are explained. Macro cultural psychology leans toward social reform because it seeks to improve cultural factors that form psychological phenomena. Other psychological theories and procedures tend to focus on improving individuals while ignoring macro cultural factors. This leads to negating psychological change because the formative cultural context remains in place. Ignoring macro cultural factors promotes politics of the status quo. Critiquing cultural factors to promote psychological and social change requires objective, realistic analyses. Objective analysis is also necessary for detecting psychological shortcomings and overcoming them. Critical realism is an important component of psychological understanding, psychological change, cultural understanding, and cultural change.

Keywords:   politics, social reform, political ramifications, ignoring macro cultural factors, status quo, critical realism, objective

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