Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Soviet Psychology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_297


Soviet psychology is a unique theoretical tradition which emerged and developed in a “special way” during the twentieth century in Soviet Union. Concepts, theories, and approaches emerged in the context of soviet psychology (cultural-historical psychology and activity theory) had significant influences on the development of psychology and scientific discussions in different countries yet again after the collapse of the Soviet Union (see International Society for Cultural and Activity Research website).


The term “Soviet psychology” refers to a wide range of diverse approaches and trends in the field of psychology which despite significant differences between them have some broad common theoretical and methodological orientations, situated within a specific sociocultural-historical context – in different periods in the USSR’s history. Soviet psychology does not mean merely a geopolitical space, but, mainly a conceptual space created by an attempt to overcome...

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Online Resources

  1. International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR). http://twww.iscar.org/
  2. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology. http://www.mesharpe.com/mall/results1.asp?ACR=RPO

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology Department, School of Social SciencesUniversity of CreteRethymnoGreece