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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

Print version ISSN 0102-7972On-line version ISSN 1678-7153


COSTA, Eveline Vieira  and  LYRA, Maria C.D.P.. How the mind comes to be social to Barbara Rogoff? The question of the centrality of the person. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.3, pp.637-647. ISSN 0102-7972.

This essay aims to ransom the autonomy of subject into sociocultural activity. It starts discussing the sociocultural perspective of Cultural Psychology where mind is conceived as a social entity developing in a social world. To achieve this objective we use the unity of analysis as sociocultural activity proposed by Barbara Rogoff, including the subjects, the relationship between them and the institutions and community in which this activity takes place. Here is highlighted her concepts of guided participation and participatory appropriation. In the same way, we make use of Jaan Valsiner's notion of inclusive separation to emphasize the semiotic capacity the subjects show in creative acts in a reversible time. The synthesis appears when this subject is not only approached as immersed in an activity, but as subject of that activity, emerging through the capacity to think about and change it, developing the autonomy through the semiotic capacity of human being.

Keywords : Sociocultural perspective; cultural psychology; sociocultural activity and the autonomy of the subject.

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