Collaborative Projects - An Interdisciplinary Study presents research in disciplines ranging from Education, Psychotherapy and Social Work to Literacy and anti-poverty Project Management to Social Movement studies and Political Science. All the contributions are unified by use of the concept of 'project'. 'Project' is 'leading activity' for Child Development, whilst 'life project' may play a crucial role in personal development and Psychotherapy; the social fabric of a community can be understood as woven from projects which may be sustained by NGOs, or develop from social movements to institutions. Giving concrete content to the concept of 'project' in each domain of research, opens a prospect of a genuinely interdisciplinary human science.Contributors are: Igor Arievitch, Michael Arnold, Lynn Beaton, William Blanton, Andy Blunden, Michael Cole, Brecht De Smet, Natalia Gajdamaschko, Virginia Gordon, Manfred Holodynski, Naja Berg Hougaard, Vera John-Steiner, Elena Kravtsova, Gennadiy Kravtsov, Ron Lubensky, Morten Nissen, Jennifer Power, Mike Rifino, Keiko Matsuura, Francisco Medina, Anna Stetsenko, Greg Thompson, Chiel van der Veen, Eduardo Vianna, Lynne Wolbert, and Helena Worthen.
About the Author
Andy Blunden, is an independent scholar in Melbourne, Australia, an editor of Mind, Culture, and Activity, and author of An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity and Concepts. A Critical Approach published by Haymarket Books.
Table of Contents
Introduction: ‘Collaborative project’, Andy BlundenOverviewPART ONE. RESEARCH PROJECTS1. The projective method as the basis of continuous education, G. G. Kravtsov and E. E. Kravtsova2. The dialectics of collective and individual transformation, Eduardo Vianna, Naja Hougaard and Anna Stetsenko3. Could Life Be… Producing subjectivity in participation, Morten Nissen4. Rhythms of collaboration, Vera John-Steiner5. Seeking to combat educational inequality: The 5th Dimension, Michael Cole, Virginia Gordon and William Blanton6. Formation of the concept of “Collaborative Learning Space,” Andy Blunden and Michael Arnold7. Mayslake: Starting from scratch, Helena Worthen8. The collaborative project of public deliberation, Ron Lubensky9. Vygotskian collaborative project of social transformation, Anna Stetsenko and Igor M. Arievitch10. Change through collaboration, Jennifer Power11. The miracle fiber exposed as a deadly threat, Lynn Beaton and Andy Blunden12. Tahrir: A project(ion) of revolutionary change, Brecht De SmetPART TWO. REFLECTIONS13. Alterglobalization and the Limits of Prefigurative Politics, Brecht De Smet14. A reflection on the feminist movement, Lynn Beaton15. The peer activist learning community: A peer perspective, Mike Rifino, Keiko Matsuura and Francisco Medina16. Reflection on collective and individual transformation, Ron Lubensky17. Play through the prism of projects, Natalia Gajdamaschko18. Human flourishing in developmental education schools, Chiel van der Veen and Lynne Wolbert19. Reflection on complementarity and mutual appropriation, Vera John-Steiner20. Spirited collaborations, Greg Thompson21. Emotional commitment, Manfred Holodynski22. Projects, activity systems, Helena Worthen23. Toward a mesogenetic methodology, Michael Cole24. Conclusion: Time and activity, Andy BlundenIndex