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Wertsch, James V.

Works: 90 works in 415 publications in 4 languages and 14,643 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator, Redactor, Translator
Classifications: BF109.V95, 153.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James V Wertsch
Vygotsky and the social formation of mind by James V Wertsch( )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 2,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book falls into three parts: a biological sketch of Vygotsky, an outline of his principal tenets, and Wertsch's own attempt to bring them up to date. His scholarship is exemplary: the book is the most detailed account in English of its subject's life and work. It will be welcomed by cognitive psychologists and students of development."--Page N. Johnson-Laird, Times Literary Supplement
Voices of collective remembering by James V Wertsch( )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 2,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is currently a great deal of discussion in the humanities and social sciences about collective memory, but there is very little agreement on what it is. The first goal of this volume is to review various understandings of this term to bring some coherence to the discussion. Drawing on this review, James V. Wertsch goes on to outline a particular version of collective remembering grounded in the use of 'textual resources', especially narratives. This takes him into the special properties of narrative that shape this process and into the issues of how these textual resources are produced and consumed. Wertsch brings these general ideas to life by examining the rapid, massive transformation of collective memory during the transition from Soviet to post-Soviet Russia."--Publisher description
Voices of the mind : a sociocultural approach to mediated action by James V Wertsch( )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 2,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Voices of the Mind, James Wertsch outlines an approach to mental functioning that stresses its inherent cultural, historical, and institutional context. A critical aspect of this approach is the cultural tools or "mediational means" that shape both social and individual processes. In considering how these mediational means--in particular, language--emerge in social history and the role they play in organizing the settings in which human beings are socialized, Wertsch achieves fresh insights into essential areas of human mental functioning that are typically unexplored or misunderstood
Memory in mind and culture by Pascal Boyer( )

24 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text introduces readers to the issues of human memory broadly considered, encompassing both individual memory, collective remembering by societies, and the construction of history. The book is organized around several major questions: How do memories construct our past? How do we build shared collective memories? How does memory shape history? --from publisher description
Mind as action by James V Wertsch( )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Mind as Action, James V. Wertsch argues that current approaches to social issues have been blinded by the narrow confines of increasing specialization in the social sciences. In response to this "conceptual blindness," he proposes a method of socio-cultural analysis that connects the various perspectives of the social sciences in an integrated, nonreductive fashion. Wertsch maintains that we can use mediated action, which he defines as the irreducible tension between active agents and cultural tools, as a productive method of explicating the complicated relationships between human action and its manifold cultural, institutional, and historical contexts. Drawing on the ideas of Lev Vygotsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Kenneth Burke, as well as research from various fields, this book traces the implications of mediated action for a sociocultural analysis of the mind, as well as for some of today's most pressing social issues
Culture communication, and cognition : Vygotskian perspectives( Book )

43 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and cognition by A. R Lurii︠a︡( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge companion to Vygotsky( Book )

21 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L.S. Vygotsky was an early twentieth century Russian social theorist whose writing exerts a significant influence on the development of social theory in the early twenty-first century. His non-deterministic, non-reductionist account of the formation of mind provides current theorietical developments with a broadly drawn yet very powerful sketch of the ways in which humans shape and are shaped by social, cultural, and historical conditions
Sociocultural studies of mind( Book )

17 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociocultural Studies of Mind addresses the primary question: how is mental functioning related to the cultural, historical, and institutional settings in which it exists? Although the contributors speak from different perspectives, there is a clear set of unifying themes that run through the volume: 1. One of the basic ways that sociocultural setting shapes mental functioning is through the cultural tools employed. 2. Mediation provides a formulation of how this shaping occurs. 3. In order to specify how cultural tools exist and have their effects, it is essential to focus on human action as a unit of analysis. This landmark volume defines a general approach to sociocultural psychology, one that we hope will be debated and redefined as the field moves forward. Sociocultural Studies of Mind is crucial reading for researchers and graduate students in cognitive science, philosophy, and cultural anthropology
Children's learning in the "zone of proximal development" by Barbara Rogoff( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Concept of Activity in Soviet Psychology( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent trends in Soviet psycholinguistics by James V Wertsch( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1994 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communication : an arena of development( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How nations remember : a narrative approach by James V Wertsch( )

6 editions published in 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How Nations Remember draws on multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to examine how a nation's account of the past shapes its actions in the present. National memory can underwrite noble aspirations, but the volume focuses largely on how it contributes to the negative tendencies of nationalism that give rise to confrontation. Narratives are taken as units of analysis for examining the psychological and cultural dimensions of remembering particular events and also for understanding the schematic codes and mental habits that underlie national memory more generally. In this account, narratives are approached as tools that shape the views of members of national communities to such an extent that they serve as co-authors of what people say and think. Drawing on illustrations from Russia, China, Georgia, the U.S., and elsewhere, the book examines how "narrative templates," "narrative dialogism," and "privileged event narratives" shape nations' views of themselves and their relations with others. The volume concludes with a list of ways to manage the disputes that pit one national community against another"
Enough! : the Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia, 2003( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vygotsky y la formación social de la mente by James V Wertsch( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in Spanish and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vygotsky : el hombre y su teoría - EL método de Vigotsky - Los orígenes sociales de las funciones psicológicas superiores - El análisis semiótico de Vigotsky - Extendiendo el análisis semiótico de Vigotsky : referencialidad proposicional y discursiva - Mecanismo semióticos en la ley genética del desarrollo cultural - Las unidades del funcionamiento psicológico : conciencia, significado de la palabra y acción - Mente y sociedad
Language and cognition by Aleksandr Romanovich Luria( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voces de la mente : un enfoque sociocultural para el estudio de la Acción Mediada by James V Wertsch( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una aproximación sociocultural a la mente - Más allá de Vygotski : la contribución de bajtín - La pluralidad de voces del significado - La heterogeneidad de voces - Escenario sociocultural, lenguajes sociales y acción mediada
Contemporary implications of Vygotsky and Luria by Michael Cole( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

RAGNAR ROMMETVEIT : his work and influence by James V Wertsch( )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2019 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This special issue of Mind, Culture, and Activity revisits Rommetveit's ideas in admiration for his quest to understand meaning, language, and mind. It also reflects the inspiration he has provided for those struggling with these issues. Written by those studying Rommetveit and one by Rommetveit himself, all three articles are attempts to spell out, extend, and apply ideas that Rommetveit outlined in his writings at some point early in his career. Rommetveit, however has moved ahead in his struggle to understand the ethical dimensions of communication--including the communication involved in the study of communication--which represents his newest project
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Memory in mind and culture
Voices of the mind : a sociocultural approach to mediated actionMemory in mind and cultureThe Cambridge companion to VygotskySociocultural studies of mindCommunication : an arena of developmentEnough! : the Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia, 2003RAGNAR ROMMETVEIT : his work and influence
Alternative Names
James Wertsch Amerikaans psycholoog

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James Wertsch psicologo statunitense

James Wertsch psicólogu estauxunidense

James Wertsch psychologue américain

Wertsch, J. V.

Wertsch, J. V.‏ 1947-

Wertsch, James‏ 1947-

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