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Culture, language, identity and the properties of a useful culture concept for the indigenous psychologies.

Magazine article
Authors Carl Martin Allwood
Published in Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
Volume 3
Issue 10
Pages 30-33
ISSN 2471-9560
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 30-33
Language en
Keywords Indigenous psychologies, culture concept, identity, debate , Hwang
Subject categories Psychology


Cultures are expressed in language and the mapping relation between language and culture is argued to be one-to-many. Accordingly, a language such as Spanish can be used to express many different cultures, including contents that are in explicit contradiction. By attending to the diversity in understanding in a society social interventions can be better tailored to specific groups of people in that society. Thus, a culture concept that emphasizes the diversity in the understanding of people in the indigenous psychology (IP) researcher’s society is likely to be helpful for social interventions in different groups of that society. This, in contrast to a culture concept that focuses mostly on whatever understanding is shared and inherited from previous generations in the society. I also argue that it should be recognized that members of a culture have different conceptions of their culture’s identity and that these conceptions are changing as they are constructed over time.

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