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, Communication, & Developmental Science, Emeritus, University of California, the head of the Laboratory of comparative human studies, San Diego, USA, e-mail:



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