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Mind in Society

Development of Higher Psychological Processes

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$31.00 • £22.95 • €28.00

ISBN 9780674576292

Publication Date: 10/15/1980

Short

176 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 halftones, 4 line illustrations

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This little book is an intellectual excitement; it abounds with all manner of ideas, insights, and novel formulations.—Kevin Connolly, Nature

Now, at long last, we have a representative selection of [Vygotsky’s] theoretical essays, in a new collection prepared by Michael Cole and his co-workers, under the ingenious title Mind in Society… It pieces together selections from four of Vygotsky’s writings: chiefly, an unpublished monograph on ‘Tool and Symbol in Children’s Development’ dating from 1930, and a chapter on ‘The History of the Development of Higher Psychological Functions’ issued previously in Russian in 1960. However, it has two solid virtues. It was prepared with the active collaboration of A. R. Luria, so it can certainly claim to be authoritative. And it provides the sense we have long needed of Vygotsky’s overall theoretical enterprise, of which his studies on thought and language are one, but only one, aspect… [The book] puts [his] ideas into a broader theoretical context, and permits us at last to sort out for ourselves how Vygotsky’s work relates to that of his contemporaries and successors in the West. Most particularly, it clarifies the central role that Vygotsky allots to language and symbolic thought in shaping the structure of adult mental life.—Stephen Toulmin, The New York Review of Books

This is a landmark book, compulsory reading for students of developmental and adult cognition… Mind in Society should stimulate an awakened interest in Vygotsky as a contemporary force rather than a figure of historical interest.—Ann L. Brown, Contemporary Psychology

This selection of Vygotsky’s important writings (most were previously unavailable in English) offers the Western reader a new appreciation of the seminal contributions of one of Russia’s most influential psychologists.Psychology Today

Vygotsky was a genius. After more than a half a century in science I am unable to name another person who even approaches his incredible analytic ability and foresight. All of my work has been no more than the working out of the psychological theory which he constructed.—A. R. Luria