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Jytte Susanne Bang

Jytte Susanne Bang

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Research fields

  • Developmental psychology (children and adolescents) and developmental science
  • Ecological psychology and the psychology of architecture
  • Cultural psychology


Research group memberships

The research group “Person, Practice, Development, and Culture” (collaboration between Department of Psychology, Aarhus University, and Roskilde University)

The research group “SUBSTANCE” (Department of Psychology and Aarhus University)

InterSpace (Department of Psychology)

The discussion group for “psychology and architecture” (Department of Psychology and Roskilde University)


Research: brief description

Jytte Bang is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. In her research, she primarily focuses on the interrelated areas of developmental psychology and developmental science. She carries out qualitative research with children in their everyday environments and analyzes the data with the aim to both contribute with new knowledge about children’s lives and their development (developmental psychology) and with new knowledge about developmental processes in theoretical terms (developmental science). An important part of this research she has done in collaboration with close colleagues at the Department of Psychology. Inspired by Roger Barker’s work, she has carried out all-day observations (7am-7pm) of children during a period of four months. The aim of the study is to model ‘variability of development’, that is, to investigate how the variabilities and complexities of children’s personal lives may influence their learning and development. In her theoretical work, Jytte Bang is especially occupied with the theoretical modelling of a ‘whole person’ perspective on development drawing on ecological psychology, cultural-historical theory, and existential phenomenology. As a part of her theoretical contributions to developmental science, she contributes to the ongoing discussion in the history of psychology of the issue of dualism; especially, she is occupied with the question of how to theorize the transactional character of the individual-environment relationship from a developmental perspective. Currently, Jytte Bang has studied the production and reproduction of standards in children’s and adolescents’ lives with a focus on schooling. This work is carried out in collaboration with Ph.D. Sofie Pedersen; this research has been carried out as part of the research project SUBSTANCE, which received financial support by the National Research Council. Jytte Bang is also interested in the role of music and musical instruments for children’s lives and their development. She has published articles on what does the availability of relevant music technologies mean for children’s musical play activities; and on what is the role of learning to play classical music with regard to children’s learning and development in current society. Finally, she holds an interest in understanding the role of the built environment for human development. As a part if this research focuses, she is initiating the research group InterSpace at the Department of Psychology.


Current research projects

  • Modeling personal development: analyzing the complex variability of the everyday life
  • Standardization and subjectification in youth life
  • The Midwest field station – its importance for current research of development and everyday life.


Major grants

2011-2015: “SUBSTANCE – Subjects and Standards”; grant from the National Research Council (PI: Morten Nissen); sub-project: “Children’s development between general standards and particular conditions” (with Sofie Pedersen).

2015/2016: “The Midwest field station – its importance for current research of development and everyday life”; grant from The Royal Danish Academy to carry out archive research at the Spencer Library, the University of Kansas, USA. Jytte Bang (PI) and Sofie Pedersen. 89.000 kr.



  • Master’s thesis
  • Bachelor’s thesis
  • Developmental psychology
  • Bachelor projects (general psychology)


Selected publications

Edited books

Aboulafia, A., Hybschmann Hansen, H., Hansen, T. og Bang, J. (2003). Betydning og mening fra Leontjev til ny dansk virksomhedsteori. Roskilde Universitetsforlag.

Bang, J. and Winther-Lindqvist, D. (Eds.) (in press): Nothingness – Philosophical Insights to Psychology. Transaction Publishers.


Journal articles

Pedersen, S. and Bang, J. (in press). Youth development as subjectified subjectivity: a dialectical-ecological model of analysis. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science; Springer.

Pedersen, S. and Bang, J. (submitted). Affordance theory, standards, and youth development: A rendez vous between ecological psychology and cultural-historical activity theory.

Bang, J. (2012). Aesthetic play: The Meaning of Music Technologies for Children’s Development. Journal für Psychologie, Jg. 20, s. 1-33.

Bang, J. (2011). Betydningen af det almene som et biologisk og kulturelt forhold. Kognition & Pædagogik; nr. 80. s. 40-50.

Bang, J. (2009): Nothingness and the Human Umwelt – A Cultural-Ecological Approach to Meaning. Pp. 374-392. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, volume 43, no. 4. New York: Springer.

Bang, J. (2008): Building a New House out of Old Materials – and with Sharpened Tools; Commentary to target article by Eugene Matusov: Applying a sociocultural approach to Vygotskian academia; Culture and Psychology 14,1, Sage Publishers Ltd.

Bang, J. (2007b): Author’s response; Journal of Anthropological Psychology no. 18; Department of Psychology, University of Aarhus. s. 1-9.

Bang, J. (2007a): An ecological Approach to Thinking. I: Journal of Anthropological Psychology; vol. 18. University of Aarhus. s. 2-13.

Bang, J. (2004): Skønne malerier og skræmmende billeder: Et bekymret blik på fremtidens skole; Psyke & Logos nr. 2. 557-579.

Bang, J. (2001). Økologisk psykologi i bevægelse – et redskab og et perspektiv. Indledning. Psyke & Logos, nr. 2, s. 465-471.

Bang, J. (2000): Menneskets tankevirksomhed – på vej mod et økologisk begreb? Journal of Anthropological Psychology, nr. 8. Aarhus Universitet. S. 2-18.


Book chapters

Bang, J. and Winther-Lindqvist, D. (in press). Nothingness – theorizing the presence of absence (introduction). In Jytte Bang and Ditte Winther-Lindqvist (Eds.): Nothingness – Philosophical Insights to Psychology. Transaction Publishers.

Bang, J. (in press). The nothingness of developmental situations. In: Jytte Bang and Ditte Winther-Lindqvist (Eds.): Nothingness – Philosophical Insights to Psychology. Transaction Publishers.

Bang, J. (2014). The meaning of musical instruments and music technologies in children’s lives. In Christina Schachtner (ed.): Kinder und Dinge. Transcript. 175-196.

Bang, J. (2013). Microgenesis of Meaning-making Processes: Between Cognition and Ecology. Commentary in Jaan Valsiner (Ed.): Lives and Relationships: Culture in Transition Between Social Roles. Information Age Publishing.

Bang, J. (2013). Adolescents and the Internet as a Hyper-context: Modeling Spaces of Life. Commentary in Jaan Valsiner (Ed.): Lives and Relationships: Culture in Transition Between Social Roles. Information Age Publishing.

Bang, J. (2009): Synthetic Phenomena and Dynamic Methodologies. I: Jaan Valsiner, Peter C. M. Molenaar, Maria C. D. P. Lyra, and Nandita Chaudhary (eds.): Springer Handbook: Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences. New York: Springer. 567-594.

Bang, J. (2008): An Environmental Affordance Perspective on the Study of Development: artefact, social others, and self. I Marilyn Fleer, Mariane Hedegaard and Jonathan Tudge  (Eds.): Childhood Studies and the Impact of Globalization : Policies and Practices at Global and Local Levels. Routledge: Taylor & Francis, s. 161-181 (World Yearbook of Education).

Bang, J. & Hedegaard, M. (2008). The Questionnaire as a Tool for Researching Children’s Perspectives in Institutional Practices. I Mariane Hedegaard and Marilyn Fleer (Eds.): Studying Children: A Cultural-Historical Approach. London: Open University Press, s. 157-180.

Bang, J. (2008): Conceptualising the Environment of the Children in a Cultural-Historical Approach. I Mariane Hedegaard and Marilyn Fleer (Eds.): Studying Children: A Cultural-Historical Approach. London: Open University Press, s. 118-138.

Bang, J. (2006): Hvad er en læresituation? – Et argument for en økologisk og konkretiserende tilgang til lærehandlingen. I Birgitte Elle, Klaus Nielsen og Morten Nissen (red.): Pædagogisk Psykologi - positioner og perspektiver.. Roskilde Universitetsforlag.


Other publications

Hedegaard, M., Bang, J. & Egelund, N. (2007): Elevens alsidige personlige udvikling – et dialogredskab (materialet består af en lærervejledning, fire forskellige elevhæfter med spørgsmål til eleverne og en forældreguide); Dansk Psykologisk Forlag.

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