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[Xmca-l] Re: Symmbolic Mediation of joint action

Very interesting resonances between Elkonin and Kockelman in Elkonin's
description of the sign:
"The problem of a joint action is the problem of the interpsychic, as Vygotsky
called it. But the most important thing is the concerted action. It changes
the nature of orientation. Orientation to the action of another is, at the
same time, an orientation of one’s own action. An orientation to material
and objective conditions is subordinate to orientation to another’s action
(it must be uncovered)."

This seems to be why Kockelman and other anthropologists (e.g., Webb Keane)
have been so taken with the concept of joint attention (mostly Tomasello's
work). For Kockelman, the sign is a relator of relators in as much as it
relates one person's relation to a thing (via semiosis) to another person's
relation to the thing via a third.


On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 7:38 AM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

> I just stumpled over this article by the son of D.B. Elkonin on signs and
> symbols that I thought might contribute to the
> discussion on semiotic mediation.
> mike
> --
> It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
> that creates history. Ernst Boesch

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