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Cultural Psychology

Cultural Psychology

A Once and Future Discipline

Michael Cole

ISBN 9780674179561

Publication date: 01/06/1998

The distinguished psychologist Michael Cole, known for his pioneering work in literacy, cognition, and human development, offers a multifaceted account of what cultural psychology is, what it has been, and what it can be. A rare synthesis of the theory and empirical work shaping the field, this book will become a major foundation for the emerging discipline.


  • Michael Cole argues that, just as fish do not see water because they swim in it, so humans do not see culture because we swim in it. The first part of the book is a fascinating tour of the early days of psychology. He argues that when psychology tried to become a science, it stopped thinking about the culture in which individuals operate.

    —New Scientist


  • Michael Cole is Professor of Communication and Psychology and Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego.

Book Details

  • 416 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press

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