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James V. Wertsch

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195117530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195117530.001.0001

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Appropriation and Resistance

Appropriation and Resistance

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Mind as Action

James V. Wertsch

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at a set of metaphors mainly in connection with written and spoken texts. This means that when considering the issue of whether one is operating in one's own or another's space, the concern is with whether one is operating with one's own or with the other's language, narrative, “social language” or other form of textual space. An example involving the production and consumption of historical accounts about a nation-state is reported. The chapter uses an episode from Estonian history as the focus of the analysis. This is the events surrounding the incorporation of Estonia into the Soviet Union in 1940. The historical accounts that were officially taught and learned in schools and promulgated through other institutions such as the popular media during the Soviet era rather than those that have emerged after independence are also addressed. Some elements of contextual variability associated with the use of cultural tools are presented. The notion of appropriation through various phases are elaborated and reformulated.

Keywords:   cultural tools, appropriation, Estonia, historical accounts, metaphor, narrative, Soviet Union, written texts, spoken texts

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