Category Archives: Bakhtin

Bakhtin, Pushkin, and the Co-Creativity of Those Who Understand

From the beginning (1919) to the end (1972) of his publishing career, Mikhail Bakhtin very often wrote about the force of creativity. This is a secondary theme, but also a freedom-valuing variant of his grand themes of dialogism, chronotope, carnival, … Continue reading

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Reflections on a dialogic pedagogy inspired by the writings of Bakhtin

The practice of a dialogic pedagogy inspired by the writings of Bakhtin is increasingly popular in different parts of the world. This article is an account produced in the spirit of such pedagogy. Two professors (one from Brazil, the other from the … Continue reading

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Beyond equality and inequality in education: Bakhtinian dialogic ethics approach of human uniqueness to educational justice

In our essay, we challenge the hegemonic Kantian discourse of defining justice as equality (in a broader sense) and injustice as inequality in education (and elsewhere). We argue that this discourse is based on the underlying assumption of replaceability and … Continue reading

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Gramsci’s Politics of Language: Engaging the Bakhtin Circle and the Frankfurt School

Antonio Gramsci and his concept of hegemony have permeated social and political theory, cultural studies, education studies, literary criticism, international relations, and post-colonial theory. The centrality of language and linguistics to Gramsci’s thought, however, has been wholly neglected. In Gramsci’s … Continue reading

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Irreconcilable differences in Vygotsky’s and Bakhtin’s approaches to the Social and the Individual

n Western psychology and education, up until very recently, Bakhtin has often been introduced as a scholar whose approach was compatible with and an extension of Vygotsky’s cultural-historical approach. I argue that this continuity is problematic. Vygotsky’s approach to the … Continue reading

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Dialogism and the psyche: Bakhtin and contemporary psychology

The authors argue that dialogical philosophy, and particularly the work of the Bakhtin circle, offers psychology a way to conceptualize and study human experience such that the notion of psyche is preserved and enriched. The authors first introduce the work … Continue reading

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Toward Dialogic Literacy Education for the Internet Age

In order to reconceptualize literacy education for the Internet Age, we first need to understand the extent to which our thinking has already been shaped by literacy practices. I begin this article with an exploration of the relationship between ways … Continue reading

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Contrasting Vygotsky’s and Bakhtin’s approaches to consciousness

Matusov (2011) sustains that Vygotsky and Bakhtin represent irreconcilable theoretical approaches. In his view, Vygotsky’s model is monologic and universalist, while Bakhtin’s is dialogic and pluralist. Although the two authors differ importantly, one cannot speak of irreconcilability for two main … Continue reading

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`When Discourse is Torn from Reality’: Bakhtin and the Principle of Chronotopicity

The aim of this article is to secure the basis for an interdisciplinary critique of Bakhtin’s notion of the `chronotope’ (`time-space’) and to argue for its relevance to several different research agendas within time studies. First, the article outlines the … Continue reading

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The Shaping Effects of the Conversational Interview: An Examination Using Bakhtin’s Theory of Genre

The conversational research interview constitutes a complex and fraught context for personal accounts, and the methodological literature of the past few decades has acknowledged this. Theoretical discussions about representation, ethics, and power in interviews have been extended in empirical studies … Continue reading

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