The What, Why, Who, and How of Globalization: What is Psychology to Do?
Article first published online: 10 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Special Issue: The Intersection of Psychology and Globalization ISSUE EDITORS Jeannette Diaz and Sabrina Zirkel
Volume 68, Issue 3, pages 612–629, September 2012
How to Cite
Prilleltensky, I. (2012), The What, Why, Who, and How of Globalization: What is Psychology to Do?. Journal of Social Issues, 68: 612–629. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2012.01766.x
- Issue published online: 10 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 10 SEP 2012
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.