The Social Mind: Language, Ideology, and Social Practices

By James Paul Gee.

Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

The Social Mind was first published in 1990. It was meant to show that there was no conflict between sociocultural views of language, learning, and thinking and new psychological views of the mind/brain. Neural network approaches to the mind argue that the mind is furnished by an unbelievably large network of neural associations. These associations are based on our lived experiences, which are different for all of us. It is our social and cultural affiliations that shape and mentor our experiences so that we can share, collaborate, and communicate in terms of a social mind that we all partially share and nonetheless also contribute to in unique ways. The book still stands as a leading statement of how work on situated and embodied cognition leads us to, and contributes to, sociocultural theories of language and learning.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.808MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

James Paul Gee

Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor, Literacy Studies, Arizona State University, USA

James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor and Regents’ Professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education. His books include: Social Linguistics and Literacies (Fourth Edition 2011); An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (Third Edition 2011); What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy (Second Edition 2007); How to Do Discourse Analysis (2011); Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning (2010) and Language and Learning in the Digital Age (2011), both written with Elizabeth Hayes. The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Media appeared in 2013. Professor Gee has published widely in journals in linguistics, psychology, the social sciences, and education.


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