Socio-Cultural-Historical Activity Theories of Development in the Age of Hyperglobalization



This paper focused on two issues of ongoing concern to cultural-historical scholars that have particular bearing on issues of diversity: 1) To what extent and under what conditions is cultural diversity in performance on cognitive tasks to be construed in terms of a developmental hierarchy? 2) How do phylogenetic ("natural") and cultural-historical contributions to development relate to each other in shaping human diversity? Next I suggest new lines of research and international cooperation that may help us reach a deeper understanding of these issues.

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Keywords: Cross-cultural Research, History-as-Progress, Deficit vs Difference, Social Neuroscience, Diversity

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Cole M. Socio-Cultural-Historical Activity Theories of Development in the Age of Hyperglobalization. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2009. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 66–73. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Michael Cole, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, , University of California, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Russian and Eastern European Psychology, member of the editorial board of the journal Cultural-Historical Psychology. Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus in Psychology, Communication and Development at the University of California San Diego, member of the Russian and American Academies of Education, member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences, San Diego, USA, e-mail:



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