Lois Holzman’s 2008 Vygotsky at Work and Play, described by Routledge editors as “a modern classic…” has been updated! The 2nd Edition will roll off the presses November 4.
Vygotsky at Work and Play is a vivid portrayal of the Vygotskian-inspired, politically engaged approach to human development known as social therapeutics and the psychology of becoming. In rich narrative detail, Institute director Lois Holzman weaves together Vygotsky’s discoveries—about play, speaking and thinking, the zone of proximal development, creativity and imagination, and secondary disability—with qualitative case studies from organizations practicing the approach. She shows Vygotsky at work and play in psychotherapy offices, classrooms, outside-of-school programs, corporate workplaces, and virtual learning environments.
Co-author of the Routledge Classic Text, Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist, Holzman here provides an accessible, practical/philosophical portrayal of the revolutionary Vygotsky she and Fred Newman presented in that volume, presenting his tool-and-result methodology in action.
This expanded edition includes new chapters dealing with social issues and policies that threaten the full flowering of human development—the medical-model approach to social/emotional life, worsening police/community relations, and increasing authoritarianism in schools, thus continuing to bring Lev Vygotsky’s work to bear on the critical question—“How can we develop in a world in crisis?”
The book is a practical-critical challenge to the conceptions and methods of psychology and education as we know them, introducing performance as a new ontology and the author’s own activistic research performance as a new way to do psychology. It’s an essential read for all who wish to liberate human development and learning from the confines of scientific psychology—and, more broadly, the dichotomy of science and art.
Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist (Classic Edition)
by Fred Newman and Lois Holzman
When Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist was published, it was unique in several ways. It presented Vygotsky as a Marxist methodologist, both locating him in his historical period and delineating how his life and writings have been a catalyst for a contemporary revolutionary, practical-critical psychology. The introduction to this Classic Edition summarizes what has transpired in the years since Lev Vygotskywas first published in 1993.
“In this work, Holzman reflects on her many endeavors over recent decades – her work in therapeutic settings, in schools, in after-school programs, in performance programs for adolescents, in organizations, and more. She locates the ways in which these endeavors build upon each other, the implicit and pervasive values they exhibit, and the growth in her own theoretical views over the years. In many respects her concern in this book is with human development, and in its exposition it brilliantly demonstrates just such development in action.” Kenneth Gergen, Swarthmore College
Vygotsky at Work and Play relates the discoveries and insights of Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky to ordinary people and their communities. The author - working with her intellectual partner Fred Newman - has advanced a unique performance-based methodology of development and learning that draws upon a fresh and in some ways unconventional reading of Vygotsky. In this book, Holzman shows this methodology at work in key learning environments: psychotherapy, classrooms, out-of-school youth programs, and the workplace.
Let's Develop A Guide to Continuous Personal Growth
by Fred Newman and Phyllis Goldberg
In a culture of "getting," the little book that keeps on giving is back. The 2010 edition of Fred Newman's LET'S DEVELOP has a forward by Patch Adams (the peripatetic, clowning MD) and new introduction by Lois Holzman. Based on 25 years of clinical practice and his discovery that people can reinitiate development at any stage in life, Newman urges his readers to eschew insights, explanations or getting to the "bottom" of deep-rooted emotional problems and seek their cure in development. (Castillo International, 1994)
Performance of a Lifetime: A Practical-Philosophical Guide to the Joyous Life
by Fred Newman and Phyllis Goldberg
In the sequel to Let's Develop!, Newman shows the way to living joyously through philosophizing. He teaches non-philosophers how to engage in the activity of philosophizing — what he calls asking big questions about little things. Through practical example, Newman shares with his readers how appreciating the banal and the magic of everyday life can be a profoundly joyous experience. (Castillo International, 1996)
Against and for CBT offers both a wide range of critical perspectives on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) from around the world, and substantial responses to them. It represents the first attempt to engage in print with the controversies and complexities that have exercised - sometimes painfully - the therapy and counselling world, since CBT has risen to cultural prominence. "Against and For CBT" will be essential reading for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors of each and every approach who are concerned with understanding the phenomenon that is CBT and its discontents. See especially Fred Newman's contribution: Where is the Magic in Cognitive Therapy? A philo/psychological investigation.
Psychological Investigations: A Clinician’s Guide to Social Therapy
Edited by Lois Holzman and Rafael Mendez
“This collection is truly a gift… Newman performs what makes social therapy a distinct group therapy and what makes it radical. [He] provokes, stimulates, and compels us to rethink our theories and practices and keep them abreast of the global changes…” – Harlene Anderson, Houston Galveston Institute
The first comprehensive treatment of social therapeutic practice, Psychological Investigations moves social therapy to the foreground as a qualitative new way of doing therapy. Featuring over 70 dialogues between Fred Newman—the creator of social therapeutic group process—and therapists-in-training, this book explores the nature of the social therapeutic group process, the social therapeutic relationship, and applications to health care, alternative medicine, education and youth development. These dialogues, together with introductory overviews by Lois Holzman and Rafael Mendez, illuminate the core philosophical and political issues underlying the revolutionary and controversial practice of social therapy. Psychological Investigations is a provocative invitation to both new and seasoned professionals seeking alternative modes of practice and understanding. (Brunner-Routledge, 2003)
Postmodern Psychologies, Societal Practice and Political Life Edited
by Lois Holzman and John Morss
“The book opens new avenues for thinking and doing psychology and for contributing to personal, relational, and collective wellness.” – Isaac Prilleltensky, Victoria University
In this volume, developmental psychologists Lois Holzman and John Morss bring together a distinguished grouping of international scholars and practitioners to reflect upon the achievements and limitations of recent attempts to bring a postmodern orientation to psychology. They provide a rigorous assessment of postmodernism in psychology and offer provocative new possibilities for social-psychological practice. Postmodern Psychologies introduces the general reader to the flavor as well as to the substance of psychology’s key debates in the first postmodern century. (Routledge, 2000)
Performing Psychology: A Postmodern Culture of the Mind
Edited by Lois Holzman
“Extraordinary essays and plays?in an argument against the limits of the old psychology and a vocabulary for something better.” – Ian Parker, Manchester Metropolitan University
This collection of essays by and about the controversial American philosopher, therapist, and playwright Fred Newman is an important contribution to current dialogue on such issues as the nature of human subjectivity; the relationship of theatre to human development; the status of science in the postmodern world; the process of therapy and diagnosis; and the possibility of re-initiating creativity and growth. Arguing that both psychological activity and its study are essentially performance, Holzman’s Performing Psychology offers a new methodology for understanding human life. (Routledge, 1999)
The End of Knowing: A New Developmental Way of Learning
by Fred Newman and Lois Holzman
“Newman and Holzman take the postmodern discussion beyond its usual focus on words, discourses and narratives to more closely examine what it means to communicate in transformative ways.” – Tom Strong, University of Calgary
Throughout the modern era, a period of explosive growth and technological achievement, knowledge was king and understood to be the engine of human progress. But what if knowing has become an impediment to further human development? The End of Knowing addresses the practical question of how to reconstruct our world in the wake of modernism’s colossal failure to solve social problems. Newman and Holzman propose “the end of knowing,” in favor of “performed activity” and present the positive implications of this approach for social and educational policy. (Routledge, 1997)
“Routledge’s Critical Psychology Series has produced another landmark… a provocative and accessible introduction to the early Soviet psychologist’s life and work, as well as to current Vygotskian research.” – Australian Journal of Psychology
The current debate in psychology and politics over the possibility for human development has sparked a renewed interest in the work of the brilliant Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky. Newman and Holzman are among the few contemporary followers of Vygotsky to explore the potential of his Marxist methodology to transform psychology and education. (Routledge, 1993)
Unscientific Psychology: A Cultural-Performatory Approach to Understanding Human Life
by Fred Newman and Lois Holzman
“A philosophical tour de force…from ancient Greece to modern science and scientific psychology.” –Theory & Psychology
Western Philosophy is dead. Yet its assumptions and presuppositions disguised as science live on in modernist psychology. Arguing that psychology is a pseudoscientific hoax, the authors deconstruct three of psychology’s most powerful myths: the myth of the individual, of mental illness, and of development. More than a critique of mainstream psychology, Newman and Holzman present a methodology for reconstructing psychology as a developmental and community-building activity. (Praeger, 1996,)
Schools for Growth: Radical Alternatives to Current Educational Models
by Lois Holzman
“A passionate manifesto calling for a new type of schooling based on revolutionary activity, relational and dialectical philosophy, and the development of performance.” – Anthropology and Education Quarterly
Developmental psychologist Lois Holzman challenges us to look at our assumptions about schooling, learning and development. She contends that our very conceptions of what it means to teach, learn and grow are obstacles to children’s learning and development. Offering a radical reading of Vygotsky, she introduces the general reader to a methodological reformulation of learning and development as relational activities and, guided by this perspective, takes the reader on an intriguing visit to three independent schools.
Unscripted Learning: Using Improv Activities Across the K-8 Curriculum
by Carrie Lobman and Matthew Lundquist
"Kudos to Carrie Lobman and Matthew Lundquist for writing a book that's needed, that's academically solid, and most of all, that will be helpful to teachers." R. Keith Sawyer, Washington University in St.Louis
Improvisation is recognized internationally as an exciting tool to jumpstart learning. In this practical book, teachers will discover how to use improv throughout the K-8 curriculum to boost creativity and to develop a class into a finely tuned learning ensemble. Readers will learn how to use this revolutionary tool to teach literacy, math, social studies, and science... and have fun doing it!
Play and Performance: Play and Performance Studies
by Carrie Lobman and Barbara O'Neill
Play and Performance offers hope to those lamenting the loss of play in the twenty-first century and aims to broaden the understanding of what play is. This volume showcases the work of programs from early childhood through adulthood, in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings, and from a range of theoretical and practical perspectives. The chapters cover an array of practices that can be seen across the play to performance continuum. Taken together, the myriad ways that play is performance and performance is play become clear, sometimes blurring the need for distinction. The volume provides play advocates, researchers and practitioners a wealth of practical and theoretical ideas for expanding the use of performance as a tool for creating playful environments where children and adults can create and develop.
A Performatory Approach to Teaching, Learning and Technology
by Jaime (Jim) E. Martinez
A Performatory Approach to Teaching, Learning and Technology integrates technology use in teaching and learning and the use of a Vygotskian performance-based pedagogy. Through the use of ethnographic vignettes and narratives the development of the author's teaching practice is presented as challenges and contradictions brought about by technology use and a humanistic perspective on teaching and learning are engaged. The performatory social therapeutic framework that the author's teaching practice is grounded in is richly illustrated with scenes from elementary, middle school and undergraduate classrooms.