Constraints of Agency

Explorations of Theory in Everyday Life

  • Craig W. Gruber
  • Matthew G. Clark
  • Sven Hroar Klempe
  • Jaan Valsiner

Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Historical backgrounds on agency

  3. Neurosciences look at Agency

  4. Looking at agency from the top

  5. Socio-ecological perspectives on agency

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-276

About this book


This book explores the basic concept of agency and develops it further in psychology, using it to better understand and explain psychological processes and behavior. More importantly, this book seeks to put an emphasis on the role of agency in four distinct settings: history of psychology, neuroscience, psychology of religion, and socio-cultural theories of co-agency. In Volume 12 of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology, the contributors will explore a number of new ways to look at agency in psychology. This volume seeks to develop a systematic theory of axioms for agency. It describes implications for research and practice that are founded on an understanding of the person as an actor in the world. This book also has implications for research and practice across psychology’s sub-fields, uniting the discipline through an agentic view of the person.


Agency in Modern Neuroscience Agency in the History of Psychology Agency in the Psychology of Faith Concept Of Agency In Psychology Constraints of Historical Agency Psychological processes and behavior

Editors and affiliations

  • Craig W. Gruber
    • 1
  • Matthew G. Clark
    • 2
  • Sven Hroar Klempe
    • 3
  • Jaan Valsiner
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.United States Military AcademyWestpointUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyNTNUTrondheimNorway
  4. 4.Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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