Vygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish Tradition by Antonella CastelnuovoVygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish Tradition by Antonella Castelnuovo

Vygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish Tradition

byAntonella CastelnuovoOtherBella S. Kotik-Friedgut

Hardcover | February 15, 2015

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Vygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish Tradition examines the role that Jewish cultural tradition played in the work of the Russian psychologist Lev S. Vygotsky and the British sociologist Basil Bernstein by highlighting aspects of their respective lives and theories revealing significant influences of Jewish thoughts and beliefs. The authors demonstrate that theories and human life are dialectically interconnected: what research can reveal about a man can also provide a better understanding of the very nature of his theory. This book is a valuable resource for psychologists, sociologists and students interested in the sociocultural formation of mind.
Antonella Castelnuovo (PhD, London University) has been teaching Intercultural Communication at Siena University; at present she is teaching Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at University La Sapienza, Rome. She had been Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Publications includ...
Title:Vygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish TraditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:225 pagesPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Academic Studies PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1936235587

ISBN - 13:9781936235582

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"It has already become a tradition to look for the roots of Lev Vygotsky's theory in the writings of Marx, Engels, Spinoza, and Hegel, and for the roots of Basil Bernstein's theory in the writings of Durkheim, Sapir, Whorf, Mead, and Strauss. What is basically ignored in these accounts, however, are the cultural and family environments in which Vygotsky and Bernstein were raised and developed. This omission is especially ironic in light of the fact that Vygotsky and Bernstein themselves stressed the importance of family, culture, and social practices as the major determining factors in the formation of an individual's thinking and worldview. This book is the first serious and successful attempt to deal with this omission by retracing how the experience of Vygotsky and Bernstein as Jews in diaspora influenced their theoretical discourse. This study demonstrates that the roots of Vygotsky's cultural-historical approach, as well as Bernstein's theory of socio-linguistic codes as shaping social consciousness, can be traced to many Jewish religious and cultural traditions and beliefs, including the Torah's basic humanistic principles; the importance of transmitting cultural knowledge and values from one generation to the next, and of the role of mediators in such a transmission; the medium of language as the origin of consciousness; and the role of socio-collective and historical events in shaping individual needs. Also of great interest to the reader will be the authors' investigation into how Vygotsky's and Bernstein's experiences as oppressed Jewish minorities in an alien environment contributed to the development of their independence of mind, and to their understanding of the need for social justice and education in order to create the conditions for social transformation."