Cor Baerveldt, Th Verheggen

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    Enactivism is an emerging perspective both in cognitive science and in cultural psychology. Whereas the enactive approach in general has focused on sense-making as an embodied and situated activity, enactive cultural psychology emphasizes the expressive and dynamically enacted nature of cultural meaning. This chapter first situates enactivism within a tradition of expressivist thinking that has historical roots both in radical Enlightenment thought and Romantic reactions against the rationalization of human nature. It then offers a view of our human biology that can be reconciled with an account of meaning as irreducibly normative. By emphasizing the consensual rather than the supposedly shared nature of meaningful, conduct, enactivism avoids some of the classical pitfalls in thinking about culture. In the conclusion a genetic enactive psychology will be presented, which understands sense-making not as a mediated activity but as a competence acquired through cultural training and personal stylization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology
    EditorsJaan Valsiner
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic) 0-19-539643-X
    ISBN (Print)978-0-19-539643-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • enactivism
    • expression
    • consensual coordination
    • emotion
    • normativity
    • cultural training


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