Note on History of psychology in India: problems and prospects

Sinha, Chetan (2017) Note on History of psychology in India: problems and prospects. History of Psychology, 20 (1). pp. 126-128. ISSN 10934510

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Discusses the indigenization movement of psychology in India, which attempts to develop a context sensitive discipline that can understand the concept of mind and human behavior from the cultural perspective. It emphasizes the culturally bound aspects of human nature and uses methods to explore the ways in which culture emerges from history. Given the directions of scientific research, it is not absurd to engage with Western theories. Nevertheless, some Indian psychologists have resisted what they consider the intrusion of modern psychology. They have forwarded premises about human nature in the philosophical roots of traditional Indian thought which look tautological and feed back to our oppressive social structures; for example, the patriarchy and caste systems. The scope of social change is limited under the garb of indigenization, unless the movement of indigenization calls for social change. Several points are made, of which Indian psychological approaches should become cognizant to better understand the relevant contexts for social responsibility. In addition, several recommendations are suggested for a new wave of psychological research in India. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Keywords: History of Psychology India
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > History
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2022 04:10
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 04:10
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