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What type of culture concept will help the indigenous Psychologies and why? An answer to Hwang

Magazine article
Authors Carl Martin Allwood
Published in Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
Volume 3
Issue 7
Pages 44-49
ISSN 2471-9560
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 44-49
Language en
Links wp.me/p1Bfg0-1xs
Keywords indigenous psychologies, culture concept, distributed knowledge, research program, language
Subject categories Psychology

Abstract

In this response I conclude that the Indigenous Psychologies (IPs) would be best served by a culture concept that supports attention to the full-fledged understanding of the members of the IP researcher’s society. In contrast, Prof. Hwang’s culture concept emphasizes the importance of the language used by the society’s members and also of the older traditional parts of the members’ understanding. I argue that this type of culture concept is not very well fitted to be useful for the IPs and, moreover, that it may not be very helpful for producing results that will help achieve the goal of a more universal, or at least a more comprehensive psychology. However, Prof. Hwang’s culture concept may have other uses and be helpful for other purposes.

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