Bidirectional Cultural Transmission and Constructive Sociogenesis

  • Jaan Valsiner


Contemporary psychology is remarkable for the discrepancy between the socially promoted beiief in the speedy advancement of the discipline, and the actually very slow progress in the basic ideas and understanding of the pertinent phenomena. The case of sociogenesis is exemplary in this respect: psychologists have been talking about the relevance of the social world for the formation of the psychological functions of persons for over a century, but still there is very little progress in building explicit theoretical models that could explain how the individual becomes a person via social relationships.


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