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Mind, Culture, and Activity
Seminal Papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition

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Michael Cole, Yrjo Engestrom, Olga Vasquez, Frederick Erickson, Jeffrey Schultz, Charles O. Frake, Lois Hood, Raymond P. McDermott, Jean Lave, Anderson F. Franklin, Judy S. DeLoache, Ann L. Brown, Yutaka Sayeki, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, Norris Minick, Eric Axel, David Bakhurst, Ernest E. Boesch, Alfred Lang, Ageliki Nicoloupoulou, James Wertsch, Hugh Mehan, R. Gallimore, K. Hu-Pei-Au, Luis C. Moll, Elette Estrada, Esteban Diaz, Lawrence Lopes, G. Hatano, K. Kuhara, M. Akiyama, Denis Newman, M. G. Quinsaat, Courtney Cazden, Alonzo B. Anderson, William H. Teale, Geoffrey B. Saxe, Edwin Hutchins, Sylvia Scribner, Katherine Brown, L. Carol Christopher, Judith Gregory, Michael Holquist, Carol Padden, Harry Markowicz, Esther Goody, Bonnie E. Litowitz
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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521552387

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  • This volume brings together articles from The Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. The selected articles are important benchmarks in the recent history of research and theory on the cultural and contextual foundations of human development. The central theme of this discussion can be posed as a question: How shall we develop a psychology that takes as its starting point the actions of people participating in routine, culturally organized activities? The discussion is organized in terms of a set of overarching themes of importance to psychologists and other social scientists: The nature of context; experiments as contexts; culture-historical theories of culture, context, and development; the analysis of classroom settings as a social important context of development; the psychological analysis of activity in situ; and questions of power and discourse. This text will appeal to graduate students and professionals in psychology, anthropology, education, and child development.

    • Provides classic, hard-to-obtain articles on culture, context, and development
    • Well-known and highly respected team of editors
    • Includes examples of exemplary research grounded in everyday practices
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    "I strongly recommend it for those geoophysicists interpreting the geologic signals in magnetic anomaly field data and for tohers who might wish a torough tutorial on rock magnetism." ua Patrick T. Taylor, The Leading Edge

    "Fundamental questions about all of psychology are addressed in the book, and hence, it indeed makes an important contribution to psychology as a general science." Jaan Valsiner, Contemporary Psychology

    "Mind, Culture, and Activity is a collection of engaging articles from the Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. If you consider yourself a cognitive anthropologist, this collection is for you. Mind, Culture, and Acitivity is an engaging set of articles, easy reading, and well worth the time spent reading them." Jack H. Prost, American Anthropologist

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    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521552387
    • length: 518 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to the 'Mind, Culture, Activity' Michael Cole, Yrjo Engestrom and Olga Vasquez
    2. When is a context? Some issues and methods in the analysis of social competence Frederick Erickson and Jeffrey Schultz
    3. Plying frames can be dangerous: some reflections on methodology in cognitive anthropology Charles O. Frake
    Part I. Experiments as Contexts:
    4. Concepts of ecological validity: their differing implications for comparative cognitive research Michael Cole, Lois Hood and Raymond P. McDermott
    5. What's special about experiments as contexts for thinking? Jean Lave
    6. Sociolinguistic structure of word lists and ethnic-group differences in categorized recall Anderson F. Franklin
    7. Looking for Big Bird: studies of memory in very young children Judy S. DeLoache and Ann L. Brown
    8. 'Body Analogy' and the cognition of rotated figures Yutaka Sayeki
    9. Paradigms and prejudice Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition
    10. The early history of the Vygotskian school: the relationship between mind and activity Norris Minick
    11. One developmental line in European activity theories Eric Axel
    12. Activity, consciousness and communication David Bakhurst
    13. The sound of the violin Ernest E. Boesch
    14. Non-Cartesian artefacts in dwelling activities: steps towards a semiotic ecology Alfred Lang
    Part II. Historical Analysis:
    15. The invention of writing and the development of numerical concepts in Sumeria: some implications for developmental psychology Ageliki Nicoloupoulou
    16. Collective memory: issues from a socio-historical perspective James Wertsch
    17. Students' interactional competence in the classroom Hugh Mehan
    18. The competence/incompetence paradox in the education of minority culture children R. Gallimore and K. Hu-Pei-Au
    19. The organization of bilingual lessons: implications for schooling Luis C. Moll, Elette Estrada, Esteban Diaz and Lawrence Lopes
    20. Kanji help readers of Japanese infer the meaning of unfamiliar words G. Hatano, K. Kuhara and M. Akiyama
    21. Functional environments for microcomputers in education Denis Newman
    22. 'But it's important data!': making the demands of a cognitive experiment meet the educational imperatives of the classroom M. G. Quinsaat
    23. Performance before competence: assistance to child discourse in the zone of proximal development Courtney Cazden
    Part III. Cognition in the Wild:
    24. Low-income children's pre-school literary experiences: some naturalistic observations Alonzo B. Anderson, William H. Teale and Elette Estrada
    25. Selling candy: a study of cognition in context Geoffrey B. Saxe
    26. Mediation and automatization Edwin Hutchins
    27. Mind in action: a functional approach to thinking Sylvia Scribner
    28. Coordination, cooperation and communicatoin in the Courts: expansive transitions in legal work Yrjo Engestrom, Katherine Brown, L. Carol Christopher and Judith Gregory
    Part IV. Power and Discourse:
    29. The politics of representation Michael Holquist
    30. Wisdom from the periphery: talk, thought and politics in the ethnographic theater of John Milington Synge R. P. McDermott
    31. Learning to be deaf: conflicts between hearing and deaf cultures Carol Padden and Harry Markowicz
    32. Why must might be right?: observations on sexual herrschaft Esther Goody
    33. Just say no: responsibility and resistance Bonnie E. Litowitz.

  • Editors

    Michael Cole, University of California, San Diego

    Yrjo Engestrom, University of California, San Diego and University of Helsinki

    Olga Vasquez, University of California, San Diego

    Contributors

    Michael Cole, Yrjo Engestrom, Olga Vasquez, Frederick Erickson, Jeffrey Schultz, Charles O. Frake, Lois Hood, Raymond P. McDermott, Jean Lave, Anderson F. Franklin, Judy S. DeLoache, Ann L. Brown, Yutaka Sayeki, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, Norris Minick, Eric Axel, David Bakhurst, Ernest E. Boesch, Alfred Lang, Ageliki Nicoloupoulou, James Wertsch, Hugh Mehan, R. Gallimore, K. Hu-Pei-Au, Luis C. Moll, Elette Estrada, Esteban Diaz, Lawrence Lopes, G. Hatano, K. Kuhara, M. Akiyama, Denis Newman, M. G. Quinsaat, Courtney Cazden, Alonzo B. Anderson, William H. Teale, Geoffrey B. Saxe, Edwin Hutchins, Sylvia Scribner, Katherine Brown, L. Carol Christopher, Judith Gregory, Michael Holquist, Carol Padden, Harry Markowicz, Esther Goody, Bonnie E. Litowitz

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