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October 2021

Context as a problem of psychology

Journal/Book: Z Psychol. 2000; 208: Im Weiher 10, D-69121 Heidelberg, Germany. Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag. 55-71.

Abstract: After a brief reference to the originally linguistic meaning of 'context' the application of this term in psychology is introduced by a phenomenological conception of the human situation and the situatedness of experience and behavior. Context and decontextualization are exemplified by a brief comparison of Wundt's two complementary psychologies. Holistic conceptions are seen as reactions against the predominance of strategies of decontextualization. Recent developments toward more comprehensive (contextual) units of analysis are outlined. The interdisciplinary enterprise of Environmental Psychology is presented as an example of psychological contextualism.

Note: Article Graumann CF, Univ Heidelberg, Inst Psychol, Hauptstr 47-51, D-69117 Heidelberg, GERMANY

Keyword(s): context; decontextualization; holistic conceptions; environmental psychology

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