Beyond WEIRD: Psychobiography in Times of Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Claude Hélène Mayer, Roelf van Niekerk, Paul J.P. Fouché, Joseph G. Ponterotto

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This volume presents psychobiographical research in non-WEIRD-Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic-contexts and samples, focusing on culture, transcultural and transdisciplinary work. It creates a platform for researchers, scholars and scientists from diverse backgrounds to put forth new theoretical and methodological stances in psychobiography, thereby making the field more inclusive, diverse and equitable. The chapters in this volume investigate the role of context across the life course of non-WEIRD psychological subjects, as well as the interplay between them and their environments across the life span. They further elucidate cognitive, affective and behavioural aspects of individuals with non-WEIRD backgrounds. The volume provides a broad and at the same time in-depth perspective into psychobiography beyond the usual contexts and therefore has new and original learnings to offer across disciplines and cultures. It is a breakthrough in terms of its transcultural and transdisciplinary insights into lives lived in different contexts in the world. “Every person is in certain respects (a) like all other persons, (b) like some other persons, (c) like no other persons. This book is a challenging and fascinating exploration of extending psychobiography beyond its origins in Europe and America to women and men of different races and social and economic classes from Africa, Asia, and around the world. At its best, psychobiography can increase people’s awareness of their own subjective experience and that of others, contributing to movements for social, cultural and political change.” William McKinley Runyan, Professor Emeritus & Professor of the Graduate School, School of Social Welfare, U. of California Berkeley Beyond Weird is beyond needed. The book triumphantly fills the gap created by a dearth of studies of people other than Western, educated, European and American men. James William Anderson, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Chicago.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages337
ISBN (Electronic)9783031288272
ISBN (Print)9783031288265
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Extraordinary Individuals
  • Marginalized Cultures
  • Marginalized Individuals
  • Non-WEIRD
  • Non-Western Perspectives
  • Psychobiography
  • SDG 10
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Transcultural
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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