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Culture in Minds and Societies
Author: Jaan Valsiner

ISBN: 9780761935827
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 16 June 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.9
Description:
This book makes a decisive break from the post-modernist theoretical framework that considers knowledge as local and situation-specific. It restores the goal of construction of general knowledge to the social sciences. While recognizing the uniqueness of all human personal experience from birth to death, it emphasizes the universality of cultural organization of human minds and societies. The newly-developed hybrid of psychology, sociology, anthropology, history - cultural psychology - is fitting ground to research how human beings are social in their deeply subjective worlds. In the substantively inter-disciplinary framework of cultural psychology, the focus on phenomena becomes central to the investigation. The key to human culture is in the construction of signs - visual and verbal - and the regulation of human actions through hierarchies of signs. Socially, human beings are semiotic actors - their actions are mediated by signs as they explore the realms of life space. In terms of cognitive processes, human beings create new solutions to life's problems that cannot be based fully on life experiences nor derived from general social representations.The book focuses...

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