Gustav Jahoda: The art and science of constructive skepticism

Ype H. Poortinga, Sandra G. L. Schruijer*

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Abstract

In this essay, we consider Gustav Jahoda's contributions to empirical research and conceptual reflection in the fields of cross-cultural and social psychology. The first section draws attention to what we see as salient characteristics of his empirical research. The second section describes Jahoda's critiques of some iconic theoretical concepts and distinctions. The third section describes his historical interest in the development of the two fields, with cultural context as a focus. In the conclusion section, we mention why Jahoda's contributions need to be taken into account by current researchers and those to come.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-381
JournalCulture & Psychology
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Gustav Jahoda
  • conceptualization of culture
  • cross-cultural psychology
  • experimental social psychology
  • historical analysis
  • EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGY
  • REPRESENTATIONS
  • REFLECTIONS
  • PERCEPTION
  • CULTURE

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