Family Models of In(ter)dependence: Cultural Change and the Question of Universal Needs

Mayer, Boris (2 May 2016). Family Models of In(ter)dependence: Cultural Change and the Question of Universal Needs (Unpublished). In: INSIDE - Occasional Seminar 2 - Interdependent Self in a Migrating Family. Luxemburg, Universität. 02.05.2016.

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I will start by discussing some aspects of Kagitcibasi’s Theory of Family Change: its current empirical status and, more importantly, its focus on universal human needs and the consequences of this focus. Family Change Theory’s focus on the universality of the basic human needs of autonomy and relatedness and its culture-level emphasis on cultural norms and family values as reflecting a culture’s capacity for fulfilling its members’ respective needs shows that the theory advocates balanced cultural norms of independence and interdependence. As a normative theory it therefore postulates the necessity of a synthetic family model of emotional interdependence as an alternative to extreme models of total independence and total interdependence. Generalizing from this I will sketch a theoretical model where a dynamic and dialectical process of the fit between individual and culture and between culture and universal human needs and related social practices is central. I will discuss this model using a recent cross-cultural project on implicit theories of self/world and primary/secondary control orientations as an example. Implications for migrating families and acculturating individuals are also discussed.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Boris

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Boris Mayer

Date Deposited:

12 Jul 2016 13:32

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2016 13:32

Additional Information:

Organizers: Jaan Valsiner, Isabelle Albert, & Dieter Ferring

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82038

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82038

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