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The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky


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  • Page extent: 476 pages
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521537872)

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L. S. Vygotsky was an early twentieth century Russian social theorist whose writing exerts a significant influence on the development of social theory in the early twenty first century. His non-deterministic, non-reductionist account of the formation of mind provides current theorietical developments with a broadly drawn yet very powerful sketch of the ways in which humans shape and are shaped by social, cultural, and historical conditions. The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky is a comprehensive text that provides students, academics, and practioners with a critical perspective on Vygotsky and his work.


Introduction Harry Daniels, Michael Cole and James V. Wertsch; Part I. Vygotsky in Context: 1. Vygotsky in context: 1900–35 Rene van der Veer; 2. Vygotsky's demons David Bakhurst; 3. An interesting resemblance: Vygotksy, Mead and American pragmatism Anne Edwards; 4. Vygotsky, Mead, and the new sociocultural studies of identity Dorothy Holland and William Lachicotte, Jr; 5. Vygotsky on thinking and speaking Vera P. John-Steiner; Part II. Readings of Vygotsky: 6. Terminology in L. S. Vygotsky's writing Boris Meshcheryakov; 7. Mediation James V. Wertsch; 8. Vygotsky and culture Michael Cole and Natalia Gajdamaschko; 9. Thought and word: the approaches of L. S. Vygotsky and G. G. Shpet Vladamir Zinchenko; 10. The development of children's conceptual relation to the world with focus on concept in pre-school children's activity Mariane Hedegaard; 11. Inside and outside the Zone of Proximal Development: an eco-functional reading of Vygotsky Amelia Alvarez and Pablo del Rio; Part III. Applications of Vygotsky's Work: 12. Pedagogy Harry Daniels; 13. Sociocultural theory and education of children with special needs: from defectology to remedial pedagogy Alex Kozulin and Boris Gindis; 14. Putting Vygotsky to work: the change laboratory as an application of double stimulation Yrjo Engestrom.


"The Cambridge Companion to Vygoysky, for many reasons, makes a strong contribution to readers' effort to appropriate an informed Vygotskian perspective. The roster of authors is impressive, representing nine nations and including chapters by a near-predictable who's who of Vygotskian scholars....There's much to be learned from The Cambridge Companion to Vygoysky and much to be constructed in relation to it. For those who are interested in employing a Vygotskian perspective in their own work, this volume ought to provide much more than companinship..."
--Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia, Reading Research Quarterly

"The Companion makes a compelling case for the unfinished status of many of Vygotsky's ideas and therefore the value of new Vygotskian scholarship....This book illustrates that Vygotsky's unfinished legacy is a profound platform that permitted these contributors, in dialogue with Vygotsky and each other, to say and do things anew."
--Janet E. Kuebli, PsychCRITIQUES


Harry Daniels, Michael Cole, James V. Wertsch, Rene van der Veer, David Bakhurst, Anne Edwards, Dorothy Holland, William Lachicotte Jr, Vera P. John-Steiner, Boris Meshcheryakov, Natalia Gajdamaschko, Vladimir Zinchenko, Mariane Hedegaard, Amelia Alvarez, Pablo del Rio, Alex Kozulin, Boris Gindis, Yrjo Engestrom

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