Review on The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky



This review of the English textbook The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky (2007) gives a detailed description of the problems covered in the book and of its inner structure. The authors not only focus on the content of the book, but also provide critical analysis of the texts, with references to relevant publications on the subject. The book consists of three parts: 'Vygotsky in Context', 'Readings of Vygotsky' and 'Applications of Vygotsky's Work'. The review focuses mainly on the texts illuminating recent achievements in Western practical psychology made within the cultural-historical paradigm.

General Information

Keywords: L.S. Vygotsky, cultural-historical theory, zone of proximal development, social development, everyday concepts

Journal rubric: Vygotskology

Article type: review

For citation: Kotliar I.A., Ponomare I.V. Review on The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2008. Vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 108–116. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Inna A. Kotliar, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Research Associate, Dubna State University, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dubna, Russia, e-mail:

Ilia V. Ponomare, PhD in History, Senior research fellow, Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies, Institute for African Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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