studies of mind
JAMES V. WERTSCH
PABLO DEL RÍO
1995 . CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS . Cambridge
ISBN 0-521-47056-0 Hardback
ISBN 0-521-47643-7 Paperback
The publisher's blurb:
'The ideas of the Russian theorist Lev Vygotsky and his followers have provided rich ground for research in the West. Now that those influential ideas have saturated the literature, researchers and theorists are asking themselves how to push the research beyond Vygotsky's intentions. The contributors to this volume strive to develop a cross-disciplinary "language" in which to deal with today's complex problems.
Sociocultural Studies of Mind addresses the primary question: How is mental functioning related to the cultural, historical, and institutional settings in which it exists? Although the contributors speak from different perspectives, a clear set of unifying themes runs through the volume: (1) One of the basic ways in which sociocultural setting shapes mental functioning is through the cultural tools employed. (2) Mediation provides a formulation of how this shaping occurs. (3) In order to specify how cultural tools exist and have their effects, it is essential to focus on human action as a unit of analysis.
This landmark volume defines a general approach to sociocultural psychology _ one that will be debated and redefined as the field moves forward. Sociocultural Studies of Mind is crucial reading for researchers and graduate students in developmental and educational psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, and cultural anthropology.'
Series foreword vii List of contributors ix Sociocultural studies: history, action, and mediation 1 Part I Human action: historical and theoretical foundations 1 Cultural-historical psychology and the psychological theory of activity: retrospect and prospect 37 Vladimir P. Zinchenko 2 The need for action in sociocultural research 56 James V. Wertsch 3 Theories of action, speech, natural language and discourse 75 Jean-Paul Bronckart Part II Mediation in action 4 Writing and the mind 95 David R. Olso 5 An approach to an integrated sensorimotor system in the human central brain and a subconscious computer 124 Tadanobu Tsunoda Part III Sociocultural setting, intersubjectivity, and the formation of the individual 6 Observing sociocultural activity on three planes: participatory appropriation, guided participation, and apprenticeship 139 Barbara Rogoff 7 The constitution of the subject: a persistent question 165 Ana Luiza B. Smolka, Maria Cecília R. De Goes, and Angel Pino Part IV Sociocultural settings: design and intervention 8 Socio-cultural-historical psychology: some general remarks and a proposal for a new kind of cultural-genetic methodology 187 Michael Cole 9 Tossing, praying, and thinking: the changing architectures of mind and agency 215 Pablo del Río and Amelia Alvarez Index 249
ContributorsAmelia Alvarez Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje, Carretera de Canillas, Madrid, Spain Jean-Paul Bronckar Université de Genève, Place de l'Université, Switzerland Michael Cole Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, La Jolla, California Pablo del Río Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Salamanca, Spain Maria Cecília R. De Goes Department of Educational Psychology, Faculdade de Educaco, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil David R. Olson Centre for Applied Cognitive Science, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Angel Pino Department of Educational Psychology, Faculdade de Educaco, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil Barbara Rogoff Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, California Ana Luiza B. Smolka, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculdade de Educaco, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil Tadanobu Tsunoda Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Chiba, Japan James V. Wertsch Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts Vladimir P. Zinchenko Moscow Institute of Engineering, Electronics, and Automation, Moscow, Russia