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[Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism



At the risk of introducing the profane into the sacred, Heidegger was
saying something very similar to Dewey in his notion of "coping" (see an
interesting third person discussion of Dreyfus discussing Heidegger here:
http://clivebarnett.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/what-is-it-like-to-bat/)

My take is that flow/absorption is mediated immediacy. It is mediated
because our sense of the world is always culturally historically mediated.
It is immediate because it often involves non-reflective absorption. Being
absorbed in a beautiful sunset (or, for that matter, in "doing science"!)
is not something that I suspect that dogs and cows and perhaps even
chimpanzees do. Whether becoming absorbed in sunsets or science, the moment
of being pulled into immediacy is highly mediated.

-greg


On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 8:19 AM, Glassman, Michael <glassman.13@osu.edu>wrote:

> Actually it was Michael Roth who seemed to be suggesting immediate
> experience is similar to flow (at least I think so).  I think I am saying
> is that flow seems to be similar to Dewey's ideas of what vital immediate
> experience can and does look like.  The difference is I think Dewey thinks
> it is much more common, much more integrated into learning, and can be
> taught - or at least should be the aim of educative processes.
>
> Michael
> ________________________________________
> From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu]
> on behalf of Greg Thompson [greg.a.thompson@gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:16 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism
>
> Michael,
> Are you suggesting that "immediate" experience and/or "flow" is unmediated?
> Or are you saying something else?
> -greg
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM, Glassman, Michael <glassman.13@osu.edu
> >wrote:
>
> > Just an issue of theoretical serendipity I thought I might share.
> >  Yesterday I spent two hours with my class discussing Dewey's concept of
> > immediate experience and mediate experience - which he also sometimes
> > refers to as primary experience and secondary experience.
> >
> > Then this morning I read across this sentence in the Michael Roth article
> > that Mike sent relating to the discussion of mediation
> >
> > The adjective immediate is the antonym of mediate, mediated. It is used
> in
> > the
> > sense that there is 'no intermediary or intervening member, medium, or
> > agent'
> > (Simpson, 2005a).
> >
> > What is interesting here is that I'm guessing at least some cultural
> > historical theorists do see mediate and immediate as opposites (I'd be
> > interested to hear more on this) but what we came to in our discussions
> > yesterday (if you can even come to anything when discussing Dewey) is
> that
> > he saw the two as something of a continuum.  The immediate experience is
> > what you experienced at the moment and as a result of that experience you
> > make connections back to mediated experience (prior experience that is
> > given to us through symbols) expanding its meaning and pushing us
> forward.
> >  Immediate experience without the connections back to mediate experience
> is
> > the experience of brutes.  But mediate experience divorced from immediate
> > experience is hollow and empty.  We need to maintain that connection back
> > and forth but always starting with immediate experience.
> >
> > Roth also compares immediate experience to flow (no, I am not going to
> try
> > and spell the guy's name) and I think Dewey agrees with this, but he sees
> > what we now refer to as flow (and Dewey refers to as seeing the value of
> > the end in the sequence of the means) as much, much more common to our
> > activities.  It is any time we are really engaged in the activity for the
> > sake of the activity, and it can be anything.  As a matter of fact that
> is
> > what much of education should be about - teaching us to approach
> activities
> > as immediate experience that is then informed by mediated experience.
> >
> > Just an interesting connection between immediate experience and mediate
> > experience coming out of this conversation.
> >
> > Michael
> > ________________________________________
> > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu]
> > on behalf of mike cole [lchcmike@gmail.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 4:12 PM
> > To: Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
> > Cc: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism
> >
> > Is the blind man's stick mediating his actions in the world, even when he
> > is meeting no obstacles so that he "see right through it"? When culture
> is
> > sufficiently appropriated/internalized so that we "see right through it"
> do
> > we say that culture no longer mediates our experience of the world?
> >
> > Here is what Michael Roth wrote about the issue, a while back. His view.
> > mike
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM, Dr. Paul C. Mocombe <
> > pmocombe@mocombeian.com
> > > wrote:
> >
> > > Michael,
> > >
> > > Your example bears witness to the three stances, ready-to-hand,
> > > unready-to-hand, and present-at-hand, of Dasein highlighted by
> heidegger
> > >
> > >
> > > Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
> > > President
> > > The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.
> > > www.mocombeian.com
> > > www.readingroomcurriculum.com
> > > www.paulcmocombe.info
> > >
> > >
> > > -------- Original message --------
> > > From: "Glassman, Michael"
> > > Date:04/01/2014 12:31 PM (GMT-05:00)
> > > To: lchcmike@gmail.com,"eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
> > > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism
> > >
> > > Mike,
> > >
> > > I wonder about the issue of tools.  If something is use unconsciously,
> > > without overt awareness of its implications, is it really a tool.  I
> > think
> > > of labels as being used certainly in the development of small groups as
> > > overt tools of power and control, but also in larger societies in ways
> > that
> > > individuals are not even aware of.  It is sort of like, when riding a
> > > bicycle we understand the tires as tools driving us forward.  But what
> > > about the grooves in the back path that we naturally fall into, that
> take
> > > us in a particular direction without us even realizing that this is
> > > happening to us.  Can we say we are manipulated by those grooves?  Are
> > they
> > > really tools?  We don't even realize the grooves are there until
> someone
> > > yells out "where are you going" and we realize the grooves have been
> > > controlling our behavioral trajectory.
> > >
> > > I don't know.  I feel like this bears some relationship to Sylvia
> > > Scribners' three epochs of human history (am I remembering this right?)
> > or
> > > perhaps Paul's ideas on sub-atomic particles which is fascinating but I
> > am
> > > having a hard time processing.
> > >
> > > Michael
> > > ________________________________________
> > > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu
> ]
> > > on behalf of mike cole [lchcmike@gmail.com]
> > > Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:27 AM
> > > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism
> > >
> > > Michael/Paul--- Wouldn't Vygotsky say, invoking the notion of dual
> > > stimulation, that if you mediate your action through a label (a
> cultural
> > > artifact par excellance) you not only act differently toward the other
> > but
> > > are yourself changed (in fact, more or less literally, your position
> with
> > > respect to the other is changed) as you subordinate yourself to this
> > "tool"
> > > and control yourself "from the outside" ??
> > >
> > > Greg has been writing about positioning and labelling.
> > >
> > > Vis a vis symbolic interactionism.  Kenneth Burke seems to me a
> > productive
> > > person to think with. See below.
> > >
> > > mike
> > >
> > > mike
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 7:24 AM, Dr. Paul C. Mocombe <
> > > pmocombe@mocombeian.com
> > > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi michael...yes I have checked into labeling theory...it is in doing
> > so
> > > > that I cam across the similarities between vygotsky and mead
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
> > > > President
> > > > The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.
> > > > www.mocombeian.com
> > > > www.readingroomcurriculum.com
> > > > www.paulcmocombe.info
> > > >
> > > > <div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: "Glassman,
> > > > Michael" <glassman.13@osu.edu> </div><div>Date:04/01/2014  9:08 AM
> > > >  (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <
> > > > xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu> </div><div>Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's
> > > > theory and symbolic interactionism </div><div>
> > > > </div>Paul,
> > > >
> > > > I think your view of symbolic interactionism (as related to Mead) as
> > > being
> > > > a tool of power and domination is more reflective of Mead's theory
> than
> > > you
> > > > might think.  Have you looked at labeling theory?  Also a trajectory
> > > taken
> > > > by Mead's students which seems pretty close to what you want to day.
> >  I'm
> > > > not sure what role Vygotsky would play in this.
> > > >
> > > > Michael
> > > > ________________________________________
> > > > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [
> xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu
> > ]
> > > > on behalf of Dr. Paul C. Mocombe [pmocombe@mocombeian.com]
> > > > Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 5:58 AM
> > > > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity; Mike Cole
> > > > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism
> > > >
> > > > At the heart of vygotsky's and mead's work is hegels master/slave
> > > > dialectic as they apply it to the constitution of identity, I.e.
> > > > Consciousness...As though there is no consciousness/identity prior to
> > > > socialization via language and symbolic interaction.  This is similar
> > to
> > > > the identitarian logic of frankfurt school logician theodor adorno.
>  I
> > > have
> > > > a problem with that as I view language and symbolic interaction as
> > always
> > > > an element of power and domination.  In essence my research question
> > is,
> > > > "is there a sui generis consciousness that exist prior to
> > > > socialization/domination by symbols and language.  Haitian
> metaphysics
> > > says
> > > > yes...it exists at the subatomic particle level and is just as real
> as
> > > the
> > > > i and me of language and symbolic interaction.  Zora Neale hurston in
> > her
> > > > ethnographic field work in haiti was attempting to theorize about
> this
> > in
> > > > her literature...it is the essence of who we are.  I may have to go
> > into
> > > > the realm of physics to make sense of this metaphysical logic.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
> > > > President
> > > > The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.
> > > > www.mocombeian.com
> > > > www.readingroomcurriculum.com
> > > > www.paulcmocombe.info
> > > >
> > > > <div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: Greg
> Thompson <
> > > > greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> </div><div>Date:03/31/2014  11:53 PM
> > > > (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: Mike Cole <lchcmike@gmail.com>,"eXtended
> > > Mind,
> > > > Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu> </div><div>Subject:
> > > [Xmca-l]
> > > > Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism </div><div>
> > > > </div>Paul,
> > > > And another piece you might be interested in:
> > > > Winter, J. A. and Goldfield, E. C. (1991), Caregiver-Child
> Interaction
> > in
> > > > the Development of Self: The Contributions of Vygotsky, Bruner, and
> > Kaye
> > > to
> > > > Mead's Theory. Symbolic Interaction, 14: 433-447.
> > > > doi: 10.1525/si.1991.14.4.433
> > > >
> > > > I suspect a Hegelian/Marxian root is shared between Vygotsky and
> Mead.
> > > Mead
> > > > said at one point that his social psychology was an attempt to do
> what
> > > > Hegel did, with the hopes that it would be "less incorrigible." I
> have
> > > the
> > > > exact quote somewhere if you're interested.
> > > >
> > > > The Vygotsky-Hegel connections have been much debated here on XMCA,
> but
> > > it
> > > > seems that there is good reason to think that Vygotsky would have
> been
> > > > influenced by Hegel, whether directly or indirectly (quick duck - I
> > think
> > > > they'll be some words flying soon in defense of one side or the other
> > of
> > > > this argument...).
> > > >
> > > > I'm interested in this intersection as well, more in terms of links
> and
> > > > complementarities with Goffman and Vygotsky, but I'm happy to chat
> > about
> > > > the Mead/Vygotsky link.
> > > >
> > > > -greg
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM, mike cole <lchcmike@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Anne Edwards has an article on this topic in *The Cambridge
> Companion
> > > to
> > > > > Vygotsky".
> > > > >
> > > > > I have inquired of Anne, and would of anyone interested, to
> > understand
> > > > > where the concept of culture appears in the Meadian framework.
> > > > >
> > > > > mike
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM, Dr. Paul C. Mocombe <
> > > > > pmocombe@mocombeian.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > I am working on a paper comparing and contrasting george herbert
> > > mead's
> > > > > > symbolic interactionism with
> > > > > > vygotsky's theory....any suggestions anyone?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
> > > > > > President
> > > > > > The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.
> > > > > > www.mocombeian.com
> > > > > > www.readingroomcurriculum.com
> > > > > > www.paulcmocombe.info
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Race and Class Distinctions within Black Communities
> > > > > > www.routledge.com/9780415714372
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
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