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[Xmca-l] Re: Stalin and Vygotsky



Ivan, Shirely, Leif et al ----

The question of the ways in which Vygotsky's work was treated in the USSR
from the mid-1930's to the mid 1950's is the subject of dispute. There was
a special issue of the journal, Russian and East European Psychology (I
forget the year, sorry) that translates a whole set of articles denouncing
Vygotksy and his followers. A recent book, Revisionist Revolution in
Vygotsky Studies: The State of the Art
<https://www.amazon.com/Revisionist-Revolution-Vygotsky-Studies-State/dp/1138887307/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505154601&sr=1-1&keywords=Vygotsky+revolution>

you can find on Amazon and there are several published articles on the
subject by the authors.

I personally saw copies of Vyotsky's books with the front piece cut out and
I listened to the stories told in Moscow and (the Leningrad) in the 1960's.

His works were not banned in the sense that word is ordinarily used. But
that his followers felt in an unusually vulnerable situation in a world
that was horrendously dangerous to live in any, I have no doubt.

But that's just my opinion.

mike

On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 2:50 AM, Leif Strandberg <
leifstrandberg.ab@telia.com> wrote:

> A friend of mine who speaks Russian tells me that Vygotsky was mentioned
> in the Russian encyclopedia from the1940's.
>
> Leif
> Sweden
>
> 11 sep 2017 kl. 10:58 skrev Shirley Franklin <s.franklin08@btinternet.com
> >:
>
> > Thanks for the ref, Ivan. I thought his books were banned. I also
> thought that Stalin put a minder onto V.
> > Shirley
> >> On 11 Sep 2017, at 09:50, Ivan Uemlianin <ivan@llaisdy.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Dear Shirley
> >>
> >> I don't know if his work was actually banned, but Rudneva's 1936 paper
> "Vygotsky’s Pedological Distortions" was part of the move against him.
> There's a pdf in the list archives:
> >>
> >> http://lchc.ucsd.edu/MCA/Mail/xmcamail.2011_06.dir/pdfm7B5o5wrKB.pdf
> >>
> >> Best wishes
> >>
> >> Ivan
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> festina lente
> >>
> >>
> >>> On 11 Sep 2017, at 09:36, Shirley Franklin <
> s.franklin08@btinternet.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> We read  how Stalin banned Vygotsky’s books, etc. What is the reason
> for the ban?
> >>>
> >>> Shirley Franklin
> >
> >
>
>
>