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Revisiting Vygotsky for Social Change

Bringing Together Theory and Practice


Edited By Adolfo Tanzi Neto, Fernanda Liberali and Manolis Dafermos

Contemporary thinkers and researchers from different parts of the world involved in achieving human development employ Vygotsky’s theory in order to deal with new social challenges arising in a global but deeply divided world (Santos, 2000; Souza e Santos, 2008; Martín-Baró, 1998). The chapters of this book shed light onto Vygotsky’s initial principles adding critical and social perspectives as a way of expanding his legacy to global contemporary needs such as a critical reflection from the perspective of social change, social dynamics and human development, ethical-political situations of action power, dialectic relationship of the human being with society, contradictions in an individual’s dramatic life events and awareness of the social environment to actively change the existing forms of life.

List of Figures and Tables – (Post)Critical Global Studies: A Note from the Series Editors – Adolfo Tanzi Neto/ Fernanda Liberali/Manolis Dafermos: Introduction – Manolis Dafermos: Reconstructing the Fundamental Ideas of Vygotsky’s Theory in the Contemporary Social and Scientific Context – Anna Stetsenko: Radical-Transformative Agency: Developing a Transformative Activist Stance on a Marxist-Vygotskyan Foundation – Fernanda Liberali: Building Agency for Social Change – Yrjö Engeström/Annalisa Sannino: Toward a Vygotskian Perspective on Transformative Agency for Social Change – Lois Holzman: Vygotsky on the Margins – Adolfo Tanzi Neto: Mediation in Neo-Vygotskian Terms: Rethinking School Mediated Practices from a Social Architectonic Perspective – Peter E. Jones: Vygotsky, Signs and Language: Critical Observations – Nikolai Veresov: Identity as a Sociocultural Phenomenon: The Dialectics of Belonging, Being and Becoming – Sueli Salles Fidalgo/Maria Cecília C. Magalhães: The Method in Vygotsky: Social Compensation to Achieve Higher Psychological Functions and Social Changes – Wanda Maria Junqueira de Aguiar/Maria Emiliana Lima Penteado/Raquel Antonio Alfredo: Totality, Historicity, Mediation and Contradiction: Essential Categories for the Analytic Movement in Research in Education – Bader Burihan Sawaia/Lavínia L. S. Magiolino/Daniele Nunes Henrique Silva: Imagination and Emotion as the Basis of Social Transformation – Gordana Jovanović: The Challenges of the Reception of Vygotsky’s Theory in View of Missing Revolutionary Changes – Michalis Kontopodis/Manolis Dafermos/Adolfo Tanzi Neto – Instead of an Epilogue. "We Are on Fire": Crisis as Turning Point, Vygotsky and Social Change – Contributors – Index.