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ERIC Number: EJ810826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1074-9039
Is Vygotsky Relevant? Vygotsky's Marxist Psychology
Packer, Martin J.
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v15 n1 p8-31 Jan 2008
This article explores the connections between Vygotsky's psychology and Marxism, arguing that his was a "Marxist psychology" in its "historical foundation": a specific conception of history. This conception of history is evident in Vygotsky's analysis and diagnosis of the crisis in psychology. The creation of a Marxist, general psychology was the historical task that was defined by this crisis, and his developmental psychology was the historical project of such a psychology. In his practice of the methodology of this general psychology, Vygotsky recounted "child history": the history of the genesis of mind. The conception of history evident in "Crisis" throws new light on Vygotsky's texts on child development: They tell a history of the objective tendencies of consciousness, of the dialectical processes of sublation, and of self-mastery. As Vygotsky interpreted the higher mental functions, they are manifestations of the child's ability to master himself or herself as a consequence of the "social moment" of consciousness. In fostering these functions, one shaped a human consciousness capable of free and deliberate choice. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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