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This volume presents the reader with a stimulating rich tapestry of essays exploring the nature of action and intentionality, and discussing their role in human development. As the contributions make clear, action is an integrative concept that forms the bridge between our psychological, biological, and sociocultural worlds. Action is also integrative in the sense of entailing motivational, emotional, and cognitive systems, and this integration too is well represented in the chapters. Action is defined, and distinguished from behavior, according to its intentional quality. Thus, a constantly recurring theme in the volume involves the dialectic of action-intentionality, and specifically the questions of how and when these concepts are to be distinguished.

The Process of Meaning Construction: Dissecting the Flow of Semiotic Activity
The process of meaning construction: Dissecting the flow of semiotic activity
Ingrid E.Josephs
JaanValsiner
Seth E.Surgan

The process of construction and reconstruction of meanings is at the core of any analysis of the self and its development. The human self is a semiotic construct, created through acting in the sphere of meanings. In this chapter, we narrow down the general topic of the present volume: From a micro-genetic perspective, we analyze the process of construction and reconstruction of meaning in depth.

The construction of meaning—meaning making—is certainly not a new domain of interest invented by the 1990s narrative turn in psychology (Bruner, 1990). In the first decade of the century, the largely forgotten so-called Würzburg school in Germany, constituted ...

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