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date: 14 November 2019

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This chapter explains macro-cultural psychology as a psychological theory and discipline. It conceptualizes psychological phenomena as part of macro-cultural factors—social institutions, artifacts, and cultural concepts. Specifically, macro-cultural psychology explains how psychological phenomena originate in macro-cultural factors, embody their features, represent macro-cultural factors, solidify and sustain macro-cultural factors, and are objectified in them. The chapter presents examples of these points with regard to emotions, adolescence, mental illness, agency, sensory processes, and self-concept. Macro-cultural psychology is shown to be a coherent general psychological theory that encompasses biological processes and individual variations within macro-cultural cornerstones, in logically consistent ways. The theory draws on the pioneering work of Vygotsky, Luria, and Leontiev.

Keywords: macro-culture, interpersonal interactions, social structure, mental illness, agency, emotions, adolescence, vygotsky, sensory processes

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