Drama, perezhivanie and development: dialectical considerations

1.3 Learning, knowledge and agency
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
40 minutes
Perezhivanie is a powerful concept allowing us to study development in its dialectical complexity. There is a dialectics in the process of sociocultural genesis of the human mind - the dialectics of evolutional and revolutionary aspects. Perezhivanie is a prism, which refracts influences of social environment on child’s development through interactions of ideal and present forms (Vygotsky, 1994). However, this general statement needs further theoretical improvements. There is a special form of perezhivanie (we can call it a critical or dramatic perezhivanie) as a refraction of a dramatic collision which appears as a confrontation, a contradiction of an ideal and present form. Being refracted by critical perezhivanie, it brings qualitative changes to a child’s mental functions and therefore brings changes to how the child becomes aware, interprets and relates to the sociocultural environment. This, in turn, reorganizes the whole social situation of development. Social dramatic events, collisions refracted through critical perezhivanie produce qualitative changes and “turning points” in a child’s individual developmental trajectories. In this sense, the concept of critical perezhivanie might be considered as an analytical tool, which unfolds the dialectics evolutional and revolutionary aspects of development as well as dialectics of the social and the individual.
Monash University, Australia

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