Psychology in a global world - Locally relevant ... but globally ignored?

Carl Martin Allwood

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The indigenous psychologies (mostly, Non-Western approaches to scientific research in psychology) occur in different varieties but they all aim to be culturally and pragmatically relevant to the researcher’s own society. In these psychologies Western mainstream psychology has been argued to be too affected by liberal, individualistic and secular values. Some examples of successful research in the indigenous psychologies are reviewed. Then some problematic issues for the indigenous psychologies, such as a great lack of resources for research, are discussed. A further issue is that what is construed as a specific ”culture” provides no clear basis for an indigenous psychology. Given that culture is characterized by the understanding of people in a society, such understanding in today’s globalized world changes quicly and often, or usually, contains cultural pieces from many different societies. Thus, the question of exactly which cultural properties should form the base of a specific indigenous psychology may well be controversial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-86
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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  • Psychology


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