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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to PsychologyNew Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy$
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Lene Arnett Jensen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.001.0001

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Reconceptualizing Lifespan Development through a Hindu Perspective

Reconceptualizing Lifespan Development through a Hindu Perspective

(p.276) Chapter 13 Reconceptualizing Lifespan Development through a Hindu Perspective
Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology

T. S. Saraswathi

Jayanthi Mistry

Ranjana Dutta

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents insights from the Hindu life stages and lifespan constructs to argue for a dialectic synthesis and integration rather than an oppositional stance between the “one-size-fits-all” and the “one-theory-for-every-culture” relativistic perspective. The dialectical nature of the Hindu lifespan constructs that integrate structural and content dimensions (e.g., individualism in collectivism) and dynamic concepts of developmental processes in the Hindu worldview (e.g., karma, dharma) illustrate a way to bridge developmental and cultural psychology. The “synthesis” perspective, highlighted in the Hindu worldview, offers alternate stances towards life, as well as coping strategies and techniques that are not only becoming prevalent globally, but appear to have practical utility in dealing with life circumstances and represent survival of the test of time in a pluralistic and dynamic India.

Keywords:   Hindu lifespan development, Hindu worldview, culture and development, dialectical processes, individualism-in-collectivism, relational metatheory, dharma, karma

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