Collaborative Projects

An Interdisciplinary Study


Editor: Andy Blunden
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.
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Biographical Note

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 Brill in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Review Quote

"The book can be read in at least two ways. Firstly, it can be taken as a collection of research contributions that all are linked with but not limited to cultural historical psychology and the activity theory. I found this collection very inspiring and successful. The second option is to read the book with a focus on the concept of a ‘project’ as a tool for interdisciplinary human sciences." – Laura Seppänen, in: Outlines – Critical Practice Studies 16/1 (2015), pp. 93-97

Table of contents

Introduction: ‘Collaborative project’, Andy Blunden Overview PART ONE. RESEARCH PROJECTS 1. The projective method as the basis of continuous education, G. G. Kravtsov and E. E. Kravtsova 2. The dialectics of collective and individual transformation, Eduardo Vianna, Naja Hougaard and Anna Stetsenko 3. Could Life Be… Producing subjectivity in participation, Morten Nissen 4. Rhythms of collaboration, Vera John-Steiner 5. Seeking to combat educational inequality: The 5th Dimension, Michael Cole, Virginia Gordon and William Blanton 6. Formation of the concept of “Collaborative Learning Space,” Andy Blunden and Michael Arnold 7. Mayslake: Starting from scratch, Helena Worthen 8. The collaborative project of public deliberation, Ron Lubensky 9. Vygotskian collaborative project of social transformation, Anna Stetsenko and Igor M. Arievitch 10. Change through collaboration, Jennifer Power 11. The miracle fiber exposed as a deadly threat, Lynn Beaton and Andy Blunden 12. Tahrir: A project(ion) of revolutionary change, Brecht De Smet PART TWO. REFLECTIONS 13. Alterglobalization and the Limits of Prefigurative Politics, Brecht De Smet 14. A reflection on the feminist movement, Lynn Beaton 15. The peer activist learning community: A peer perspective, Mike Rifino, Keiko Matsuura and Francisco Medina 16. Reflection on collective and individual transformation, Ron Lubensky 17. Play through the prism of projects, Natalia Gajdamaschko 18. Human flourishing in developmental education schools, Chiel van der Veen and Lynne Wolbert 19. Reflection on complementarity and mutual appropriation, Vera John-Steiner 20. Spirited collaborations, Greg Thompson 21. Emotional commitment, Manfred Holodynski 22. Projects, activity systems, Helena Worthen 23. Toward a mesogenetic methodology, Michael Cole 24. Conclusion: Time and activity, Andy Blunden Index


All interested in human sciences from Psychology, Education, Social Work, Organisational Change, to Social Movement Theory, Sociology and Political Science, but particularly where Interactionist or Activity Theory approaches are used. Graduates and postgraduates.