By Jaan Valsiner

ISBN-10: 0761935827

ISBN-13: 9780761935827

Briefly, Culture in Minds and Societies: Foundations of Cultural Psychology offers a brand new examine the connection among humans and society, produces a semiotic conception of cultural psychology and offers a dynamic therapy of tradition in human lives. This ebook makes a decisive holiday from the post-modernist theoretical framework that considers wisdom as neighborhood and situation-specific. It restores the aim of development of common wisdom to the social sciences. whereas spotting the individuality of all human own adventure from beginning to dying, it emphasizes the universality of cultural association of human minds and societies.

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Such deity is set up as the powerful source to whom to turn for help-- yet that source is set up by the person oneself. Thus, the person's semiotic mediation system includes two hierarchical layers: HIGHER LEVEL: "I (person) govern YOU (deity)-as you are my construction" LOWER LEVEL: "As powerful deity, YOU should govern ME" (cf. Valsiner, 1999) This example indicates the flexibility of intra-psychological semiotic mediation-- a system like the one described is an example of “cyclical hierarchy” (where PERSON > DEITY > PERSON > DEITY>… etc in a cycle).

The focus here is on the confluence of different sign forms that create inherent duality within the sign complex. 11. 11. involves combination of three kinds of signs—icon, index, and symbol—with a frame. The framing of the primary sign—an icon (depiction of the pipe) and index (the impact of the pipe—smoke) complex—being framed by a symbol that negates it (‘this is not a pipe”—but smoke emerges from the pipe). The framing itself is ambiguous—as the smoke is seen to flow on and out of the frame.

281, emphases added) Bartlett's effort to provide an account of the psychological processes involved in semiogenesis is actually very contemporary. It entails simultaneous input from some experiential event (A) into two (or more) parts of a hierarchically organized psychological system ("tendencies" which are "not normally isolated"): X ==>>== Y (where >> indicates the previous dominance relation in the holistic system). By way of A relating to Y, it becomes related to X, and integrated into the hierarchical structure, letting the latter be transformed (similarly to assimilation/ accommodation notion of Piaget).

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