The turn to culture

O'Dell, Lindsay; de Abreu, Guida and O'Toole, Sarah (2004). The turn to culture. The Psychologist, 17(3) pp. 138–141.



World events since 11 September 2001 have brought the need for understanding of cultural difference to the fore. Psychologists have a major part to play addressing issues such as identity, belongingness and culture in the light of globalisation, mass migration and mass communication. Interest within psychology in ‘culture’ is both a newly emerging area of psychology, known as cultural psychology, and a long-established tradition, known as cross-cultural psychology. In this article we will outline ways in which culture has been theorised in psychology, and examine the tensions and dialogues between different approaches to studying psychology in a culturally sensitive way.

Viewing alternatives

No digital document available to download for this item

Item Actions