Friday Symposia: John Shotter on Communication and Psychology - Inside our lives together

Friday Symposia: John Shotter on Communication and Psychology - Inside our lives together

We will discuss one of his writings that addresses the socio-cultural nature of human psychological functioning from this perspective. The Friday Symposia are meant as interdisciplinary exchange in an informal setting open to anyone interested. This Friday with Carolin Demuth.

Time

27.11.2020 kl. 14.30 - 16.30

Description

One of his points of critique was that prevailing psychological models are intrinsically flawed because they underestimate the essentially social nature of humans. He offered an alternative view and developed new concepts and ways of understanding how humans interact with each other:

  1. “Joint action” as a way to understand that the human mind is not residing within separate individuals but is formed within social interaction, and our actions accordingly are not the result of individual mental processing but are joint actions taken in relation to others.
  2. Every moment of our lives – every joint action that we take – is in its own way unique. General laws of psychological functioning are therefore bound to fail to explain psychological phenomena. His work draws largely on Wittgenstein, Merleau-Ponty, Vico, Voloshinov and Bakhtin and is concerned with a world of living, embodied beings, spontaneously responsive to each other.

We will discuss one of his writings that addresses the socio-cultural nature of human psychological functioning from this perspective. The Friday Symposia are meant as interdisciplinary exchange in an informal setting open to anyone interested.
 
Shotter, J. (2010) Inside our lives together. A Neo-Wittgensteinian Constructionism. In: S. R. Kirschner & J. Martin (eds) The Sociocultural Turn in Psychology. The Contextual Emergence of Mind and Self. Pp. 45-67. New York: Columbia University Press
 
Further information about Shotter’s work
 

Host

Centre for Cultural Psychology

Address

Nordkraft room 11.15

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