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Rethinking Cultural-Historical Theory

A Dialectical Perspective to Vygotsky

  • Traces the development of cultural historical theory through Vygotsky’s life

  • Reconstructs Vygotsky’s research program as a developing process not as a given, static set of ready-made concepts and ideas

  • Offers an analysis of the main stages of development of Vygotsky’s theory and highlights changes in different stages of its formulation


Part of the Perspectives in Cultural-Historical Research book series (PCHR, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Manolis Dafermos
    Pages 1-12
  3. Manolis Dafermos
    Pages 53-66
  4. Manolis Dafermos
    Pages 91-125
  5. Manolis Dafermos
    Pages 157-213
  6. Manolis Dafermos
    Pages 291-299
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-309

About this book


This book is an exploration of science in the making. It offers readers the opportunity to critically reflect on the process of development of Vygotsky's research program from the perspective of dialectics, focusing on the dramatic process of building and rebuilding cultural historical theory. Vygotsky's creative and dramatic journey is no less important than the concrete results of his research. An epistemological and historical investigation of the formulation of cultural historical theory sheds light on the process of knowledge production and reveals hidden dimensions of creativity in science.


LS Vygotsky Development of psychology cultural historical theory Vygotskian textology Dialectics Consciousness in childhood Consciousness in psychology Perezhivanie

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CreteRethymnonGreece

About the authors

Manolis Dafermos is an associate professor in the epistemology of psychology at the Department of Psychology at the University of Crete. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the Lomonosov Moscow State University. His interests include cultural historical psychology, critical psychology, the history of psychology, and methodological and epistemological issues in the social sciences. 

He has authored and co-authored papers in these areas for Theory & Psychology; the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counseling; Information, Communication & Society; Social and Personality Psychology Compass; Learning, Culture and Social Interaction; Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology; Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology; Cultural-Historical Psychology Journal; Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal; Forum Kritische Psychologie; Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology; and the Handbook of Critical Psychology among others.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Cultural-Historical Psychology; Outlines: Critical Practice StudiesHuman Arenas; Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal;  and Teoría y Crítica de la Psicología.  He has been a guest editor of two special issues of the journal Annual Review of Critical Psychology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rethinking Cultural-Historical Theory
  • Book Subtitle A Dialectical Perspective to Vygotsky
  • Authors Manolis Dafermos
  • Series Title Perspectives in Cultural-Historical Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Cultural-Historical Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-0190-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4355-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-0191-9
  • Series ISSN 2520-1530
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-1549
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 309
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Psychology
    Educational Philosophy
    Philosophy of Education
    Developmental Psychology
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