Reflections on Alterity from Lev S. Vygotsky's theory



Recently, we have seen the rise of intolerances of various orders, in different geographical contexts. Such intolerances, in turn, are not new: they are configured as expression of a historical process in which the unknown, an other presented as difference, is refuted, denied, and set at the condition of cause of ill omens and events that torment the person, the group, and the nation. These issues were not discussed by Lev Semionovich Vygotsky, still, his reflections on I-other relations, on alterity and constitution of the subject, bring relevant contributions to this theme that has been, currently, intensified. To reflect about this place of the other, of alterity, from the contribution of the historical-cultural approach in psychology, is the objective of this work.

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Keywords: alterity; I-other relations; constitution of the subject

Journal rubric: Problems of Cultural-Historical and Activity Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Zanella A. Reflections on Alterity from Lev S. Vygotsky's theory. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2010. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 2–5. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Andrea Vieira Zanella, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, e-mail:



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