By Leendert P. Mos, Hans van Rappard, Pieter J. van Strien, William J. Baker

ISBN-10: 1461529824

ISBN-13: 9781461529828

Editor Affiliations

1. division of Psychonomics, unfastened University
2. division of Psychology, collage of Groningen
3. middle for complicated examine in Theoretical Psychology, collage of Alberta
4. division of Psychology, Concordia Lutheran collage

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This means putting the onus of establishing some plausibility for trans-historical claims on those who want to make them. Once we withdraw our commitment to the assumptions on which the abstractionist framework is based the discussion must shift onto historical ground. For the formations of which a body of theory, of data, of research practice, was a part before it was abstracted are historical formations. This historical framework is often ignored or dismissed as irrelevant because many psychologists do not believe that there is any practical alternative to the position of naive universalism that they are accustomed to.

The embeddedness of the professional culture in a broader, shared, cultural matrix provides material for a more satisfactory kind of answer. Certainly, this broader matrix provided the basis on which the more specific shared understandings of the profession could develop historically and on which the fate of professional products continues to depend. This perspective also makes us aware of the fact that different cultures have used very different frameworks for constructing domains that we would categorize as psychological (Heelas & Lock, 1981; Lutz & White, 1986; Shweder & Bourne, 1984; White & Kirkpatrick, 1985).

Such theories are produced by and for members of the expert group in the frrst instance and only affect the lay public indirectly. There is a discourse of experts in which psychological ideas must fmd a place, and that discourse is governed by the nonn of empirical relevance. Ideas which lack empirical relevance (as defmed by the expert group) will not be pennitted to enter expert discourse and will at best survive only in folk psychology. The relationship between theory and data is reciprocal, a fact that needs some emphasis, because so often only the explanation of data by theory is mentioned.

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