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[Xmca-l] Re: Vygotsky and Marx: more summer reading

Thanks so much for sharing, Peter. The title had circulated on this list already, though it has not yet been much discussed yet. I've read several of the chapters, including Andy's and yours, and, as you note, they should be of much interest given recent discussions. 

Peter's chapter does nothing less than assessing "the Marxist character of Vygotsky's theory of the development of verbal thinking in childhood". Surely a treat for xmca.  Andy's writings on unit analysis have been of great help for me during my phd and current postdoc studies, since he first called my attention as to the way we were using such words as 'unity' and 'unit'. His chapter summarises lots of what he had already written elsewhere, plus it identifies, in a single text, five different domains of psychological research in which Vygotsky did apply the method of analysis by units. 

From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu> on behalf of Peter Feigenbaum [Staff] <pfeigenbaum@fordham.edu>
Sent: 17 August 2017 16:54
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l]  Vygotsky and Marx: more summer reading

Dear colleagues,

Before heading off to Quebec City, Canada for ISCAR 2017, you may want to
wrap up your summer reading on Vygotsky with Carl Ratner and Daniele Nunes'
latest book: *Vygotsky and Marx*.


​If you enjoyed the article about Hegel that Andy shared earlier this
summer, you'll be dazzled by his chapter in this book on The Germ Cell in
Marx and Vygotsky. It's delightful and insightful!

Jim Lantolf also presents some intriguing new ideas in his chapter on
Materialist Dialectics in Vygotsky’s Methodological Framework. It's must
reading for those interested in second language education research.

But ​Carl Ratner's in-depth analysis of the role of cultural psychology in
CHAT and in Marx (and his attempt at a synthesis) will no doubt steal your
attention because he discusses the work of several prominent members on
this listserv. In my opinion, Carl made a concerted attempt to avoid
polemics and to offer constructive comments. I'm curious to know how others
will react.

Oh . . . I, too, wrote a chapter that draws parallels between Vygotsky's
and Marx's theory around the issues of use value and exchange value, and
commodities and word meanings -- topics that have come up earlier this
summer (when I was too distracted by work to participate).

Looking forward to meeting many of you face-to-face at ISCAR!

Cheers, and best wishes to all,

Peter Feigenbaum, Ph.D.
Office of Institutional Research
Fordham University
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