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New Psychological Research

Guseltseva M.S. Transdisciplinary approach to the study of changes in values, behavioral strategies and standards in small cultural groups

Marina S. Guseltseva, Sc.D. (Psychology), associate professor, Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia; bld. 9–4, Mokhovaya str., Russia, Moscow, 125009; mguseltseva@mail.ru

The transformations of values, behavioral strategies and social norms taking place in modern society are studied both in psychology and in related sciences. A new research paradigm is spontaneously emerging in the joint work of scientists. From the standpoint of this paradigm, human transformations ranging from cognitive changes to the dynamics of values, behavioral strategies and standards of personal development form the subject matter of modern psychology. These personality transformations occur in the close interconnection with the current changes in sociocultural environment: in world-system at the global level, in everyday life at the local level. The study of a modern person in the dynamics and fullness of life is characterized, on the one hand, by differentiation and complication of the phenomenal field, and on the other hand, by the fluidity and expansion of cognitive space, and by flexible problem-oriented search. Transdisciplinary approach seems to be the most relevant method for this kind of research (with a changing subject and expanding research field). This approach allows us to summarize data from different sciences in a single conceptual framework, focusing on the integrity of the picture and achieving the complete analysis in the aggregate of interacting and multidirectional trends. This approach allows us to summarize data from different sciences in a single conceptual framework, focusing on the integrity of the picture and achieving the completeness of analysis in the aggregate of interacting and multidirectional trends. Embracing the transformations of human existence simultaneously in the dimensions of space and time, the transdisciplinary approach combines cultural-analytical and historical-genetic interpretations of psychological changes. Bringing the diversity of research perspectives into a single conceptual framework helps to reveal the hidden trends and latent changes that could remain unnoticed in the focus of separate studies. In this article, trans-disciplinary approach is used to analyze latent changes based on the material of small cultural movements, such as minimalism, essentialism, slow life, as well as individual life strategies.

Key words: transdisciplinary approach, small cultural movements, minimalism, essentialism, slow life, self-discipline, awareness, subjectivity

For citation: Guseltseva, M.S. (2021), “Transdisciplinary approach to the study of changes in values, behavioral strategies and standards in small cultural groups”, New Psychological Research, no 1, pp. 4–28, DOI: 10.51217/npsyre-search_2021_01_01_01

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keywords: transdisciplinary approach, small cultural movements, minimalism, essentialism, slow life, self-discipline, awareness, subjectivity

received 14 March 2021

published 14 March 2021

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