Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2017 Vol. 10 Issue 56

Martsinkovskaya T.D. Psychology of everyday life: an oxymoron or a new trend in psychology

Full text in Russian: Марцинковская Т.Д. Психология повседневности: оксюморон или новый тренд психологии

L.S.Vygotsky Institute for Psychology, Moscow, Russia
FGBNU "Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education", Moscow, Russia
Federal Institute of Education Development, Moscow, Russia

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The concepts and the roots of the appearance of the psychology of everyday life are considered. The necessity of comprehension and structuring of its subject and field of research within the framework of psychological science is proved. It is analyzed paradoxically and inconsistency of the term psychology of everyday life, connected with its synthesis with various contexts of modern psychology. Nowadays it is difficult to separate the research field of psychology of everyday life from other spheres of psychological science. Paradoxically also is the fact that the everyday life from the point of view of psychology is connected with the minimization of individuality and personal activity. It is seemed that for psychology is more important the research of critical and deviant variants of development, rather than everyday behavior. The concept of liquid transitivity is presented, the role of everyday life in understanding the world and self-images in the situation of crisis (social and personal) and small but constant changes in norms, values and standards of the surrounding world is shown. In situations of cardinal transformations (for example, at the beginning of the ХХ and XXI centuries), people think about the sense of life and about self-existence rather than about everyday life. Moreover, for a large group of people, it is the emotions connected with crisis that gave the fullness of life and filled it with sense. Therefore, for a large group of artists and scientists, everyday life was not of interest for study, it was more important to realize how to overcome its pressure. In the situation of liquid transitivity from the point of view of psychology, the everyday life can be considered as a peculiar strategy of coping with the situation of plurality and variability of contexts. This in many ways is the reason for the actualization of interest to this field of psychology. Very important is the fact that everyday life provides an opportunity to restore the vital everyday identity and integrity of the life span. Everyday life also gives an opportunity to build a personal everyday life, fenced off from the general chaos of the environment. The role of the aesthetic paradigm and cultural capital in the individualization of everyday life and the emergence of individual everyday life, reflecting the personal characteristics of people is shown.

Keywords: psychology of everyday life, liquid transitivity, individual lifestyle, aesthetic paradigm of everyday life, cultural capital



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Received 5 October 2017. Date of publication: 27 December 2017.

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Martsinkovskaya Tatyana D. Ph.D., Professor, L.S.Vygotsky Institute for Psychology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Miusskaya pl., 6, 125993 Moscow, Russia; FGBNU "Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education", ul. Mokhovaya, 9–4, 125009 Moscow, Russia; Federal Institute of Development of Education, ul. Chernyakhovskogo, 9–1, 125319 Moscow, Russia.
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Martsinkovskaya T.D. Psychology of everyday life: an oxymoron or a new trend in psychology. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 56, p. 1. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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