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The Task of Sociocultural Analysis

James V. Wertsch

in Mind as Action

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195117530
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195117530.003.0001
The Task of Sociocultural Analysis

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Sociocultural analysis helps in the understanding of how mental functioning is related to the various cultural, institutional, and historical contexts. It is believed here that much of the fragmentation within and between disciplines can be traced to the bureaucratic forces that shape our lives. The theoretical assumptions about the essence of human nature that often go unrecognized and hence remain beyond the scrutiny of critical reflection are examined. When these assumptions are challenged, they are often defended on the basis of being reflections of reality. Furthermore, these assumptions tend to be made with little thought given to how the particular images they generate might be connected or connectable with others. Specifically discussed are multiple perspectives on human action and methodological individualism in the copyright age.

Keywords: sociocultural analysis; mental functioning; human nature; copyright; human action

Chapter.  8144 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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