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Religion as Dialogical Resource: A Socio-cultural Approach.
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PMID:  23355096     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
William James proposed a psychological study of religion examining people's religious experiences, and to see in what sense these were good for them. The recent developments of psychology of religion moved far from that initial proposition. In this paper, we propose a sociocultural perspective to religion that renews with that initial stance. After recalling Vygtotsky's core ideas, we suggest that religion, as cultural and symbolic system, participates to the orchestration of human activities and sense-making. Such orchestration works both from within the person, through internalized values and ideas, and from without, through the person's interactions with others, discourses, cultural objects etc. This leads us to consider religions as supporting various forms of dialogical dynamics-intra-psychological dialogues, interpersonal with present, absent or imaginary others, as well as inter-group dialogues-which we illustrate with empirical vignettes. The example of religious tensions in the Balkans in the 90's highlights how much the historical-cultural embeddedness of these dynamics can also lead to the end of dialogicality, and therefore, sense-making.
Aleksandar Baucal; Tania Zittoun
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Integrative psychological & behavioral science     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1936-3567     ISO Abbreviation:  Integr Psychol Behav Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101319534     Medline TA:  Integr Psychol Behav Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, University of Belgrade, 18-20 Čika Ljubina, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia.
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