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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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The Origins of Cultural and Historical Understanding of Human Motivation: the French Sociological School 956

Patyaeva E.Yu.
PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Department of Personality Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

This article analyzes the motivation of human behavior in one of the first thoroughly elaborated approaches of cultural and historical areas in the world psychology — in the French sociological school. The representatives of the school - E. Durkheim, L. Levy-Bruhl, M. Halbwachs, M. Moss, and others — in a sense significantly determined the «mainstream» of motivational research of their time. In the early decades of the last century they have developed notions of the society as being a very special source of human motives. The society has a particular ability to create «sacred» by the deification of certain objects, or leaders or state as a whole, as well as all sorts of ideas and symbols that attract people to conduct either a heroic act or a crime. Some of Durkheim ideas and his colleagues still represent a «zone of proximal development» for modern psychology of motivation. For example, «collective representations» dictating to people a large part of their actions, the totems as social groups representations, «immersive individuals» who feel themselves as a part of the social whole, social frameworks that determine the motives and behaviors of people.

Keywords: cultural-historical conception of motivation, society as a source of motivation, creation of «sacred», «immersive individuals», social frameworks

Column: Theory and Methodology

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