Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics

Vygotsky’s Sociohistorical Psychology and its Contemporary Applications

Authors: Ratner, Carl

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The social character of psychological phenomena has never been easy to comprehend. Despite the fact that an intricate set of social relations forms our most intimate thoughts, feelings, and actions, we believe that psychology originates inside our body, in genes, hormones, the brain, and free will. Perhaps this asocial view stems from the alienated nature of most societies which makes individual activity appear to be estranged from social relations. One might have thought that the emergence of scientific psychology would have disclosed the social character of activity had overlooked. Unfortunately, a century and a which naive experience half of psychological science has failed to comprehend the elusive social character of psychological phenomena. Psychological science has evi­ dently been subjugated by the mystifying ideology of society. This book aims to comprehend the social character of psychological functioning. I argue that psychological functions are quintessentially so­ cial in nature and that this social character must be comprehended if psychological knowledge and practice are to advance. The social nature of psychological phenomena consists in the fact that they are constructed by individuals in the process of social interaction, they depend upon properties of social interaction, one of their primary purposes is facili­ tating social interaction, and they embody the specific character of his­ torically bound social relations. This viewpoint is known as sociohistorical psychology. It was artic­ ulated most profoundly and comprehensively by the Russian psycholo­ gists Lev Vygotsky and Alexander Luria during ,the 1920s and 1930s.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Ratner, Carl

  • Human Psychology’s General Features

    Pages 11-67

    Ratner, Carl

  • Psychology’s Concrete Social Character

    Pages 69-111

    Ratner, Carl

  • Psychological Universals, True and False

    Pages 113-146

    Ratner, Carl

  • The Development of Psychology in the Individual

    Pages 147-198

    Ratner, Carl

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vygotsky’s Sociohistorical Psychology and its Contemporary Applications
Authors
Series Title
Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-2614-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-2614-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43656-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-2616-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 368
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