The What, Why, Who, and How of Globalization: What is Psychology to Do?

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Abstract

Globalization is an amorphous construct that requires demarcation. To do that, I attempt to answer the what, who, why and how of globalization. The first question consists of three elements: people, products, and processes. The second question contains two parts: by whom and for whom. The third answer consists of an agentic response and a socio-historical one. Finally, the last question contains several answers, ranging from the psychological to the political. The second part of the paper deals with the implications of globalization for psychology. I call on psychology to embrace (a) an ecological and multidimensional view of well-being, (b) an ecological and multidimensional view of justice, and (c) a systematic approach to personal, organizational, and societal change. These changes will be more likely if psychology renounced its support for the societal status quo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-629
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

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