Research Abstract

Praslova, L. (2007). Culture as unfolding process: Integrating perspectives in building a theory. In: Gang Zheng, Kwok Leung, & John Adair (Eds), Perspectives and Progress in Contemporary Cross-Cultural Psychology. Selected papers from the Seventeenth International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. Beijing: China Light Industry Press., 49-61.

Current theory and research in culture and psychology produced multiple definitions and conceptualizations of culture. This paper reviews several approaches to understanding culture and introduces an integrative model of Culture as Unfolding Process (CUP) as a way of integrating insights from several perspectives. The model highlights mechanisms of cultural change and stability, and provides a versatile framework for understanding culture on multiple levels.