Ethno-cultural psychology: the science of culture, ethnicity and personality

  • I. V. Danyliuk National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
  • I. V. Kozytska National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
  • A. O. Kurapov National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
Keywords: ethno-cultural psychology, culture, identity, ethnicity


Nowadays, there is a sufficiently large number of subjects that are engaged in the study of culture and aspects which are related to the adjacent disciplines. Specialists in cross-cultural psychology support methodological pluralism and usually are open to any explanation that tries to find similarities and differences in human thought and behavior. Consequently, many scholars doubt the presence of the indicated discipline and sometimes even neglect its presence since it is perceived as nothing more but a conceptual and methodological western hegemony, which generates scientific reductionism. In addition, many researchers are rather skeptical about the subject of the study. This article will reveal specificity, subject and methodological basis of ethno-cultural psychology as a discipline that is separated from others framed cultural sciences and is based on the study of the aspects related to culture, fundamentally different from ethnic psychology. Described approach allows characterizing the specifics of the studied phenomena that are related to the cultural context of any kind. The convenience of the approach is placed in the presence of the clearly defined elements with the help of which it is possible to determine the connections with the cultural elements. At the same time, there are several principal differences among ethnopsychology, cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology and ethnocultural psychology. The main differences are related to the definition of the specific object, that is why the main task of ethnocultural psychology is the study of ethnicity and personality as the main components of culture via the selection of the main procedural characteristics: norm-formation, transmission, transactions and consistency (system). Every parameter has the constructs that are common for the study of personality and culture.


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Danyliuk, I., Kozytska, I., & Kurapov, A. (2017). Ethno-cultural psychology: the science of culture, ethnicity and personality. Fundamental and Applied Researches in Practice of Leading Scientific Schools, 21(3), 31-36. Retrieved from