Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Ratner, Carl

  • Mohamed ElhammoumiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_45

Basic Biographical Information/Major Accomplishments

Carl Ratner is a North American cultural psychologist. For the last 45 years he has published over 200 scientific papers and seven books in the field of cultural historical psychology. He is an active member in many psychological, philosophical, sociological, epistemological, and methodological organizations as well as on the board of editors of a dozen of scientific journals.

He refuted the mentalistic and abstraction views of culture and argues that “the relationship between culture and psychology is an interaction of mental processes” (1996, p. 407). Ratner shows in his extensive research studies how important the fundamental preconditions of an understanding of reality, truth, and insight are. These preconditions influence our way of thinking, our scientific work, and our ideas about human nature. Ratner states that there is a common reality to be understood and we are able to grasp it, and understand it. Ratner’s theoretical...

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  1. Ratner, C. (1991). Vygotsky’s sociohistorical psychology and its contemporary applications. New York: Springer/Plenum.Google Scholar
  2. Ratner, C. (1996). Activity as a key concept for cultural psychology. Culture & Psychology, 2, 407–434.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Ratner, C. (1997). Cultural psychology and qualitative methodology: Theoretical and empirical considerations. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
  4. Ratner, C. (2002). Cultural psychology: Theory and method. New York: Plenum.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Ratner, C. (2006). Cultural psychology: A perspective on psychological functioning and social reform. Mahwah: Erlbaum.Google Scholar
  6. Ratner, C. (2008a). Cultural psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and indigenous psychology. New York: Nova.Google Scholar
  7. Ratner, C. (2008b). The political economy of activity and mediational means. Paper presented at ISCAR Conference, San Diego, CA, 8–13 Sept 2008.Google Scholar
  8. Ratner, C. (2011). Macro cultural psychology: A political philosophy of mind. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Ratner, C. (2011). Cooperative behavior: Its cultural psychology, social philosophy, and politics. New York: Springer.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCollege of Social Sciences, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia