CYBER DEAL: Palgrave eBooks and softcovers for only 11,99€! Get this offer >>

What Is a Human?

Language, Mind, and Culture

Authors: Gee, James Paul

Free Preview
  • Provides an expansive vision of what it means to be a human being, shifting from traditional understanding of human identity and interaction to new grounds
  • Offers an effortless interpretation and synthesis of cutting-edge popular theories in the social sciences, technology, and the humanities
  • A crowning achievement of James Paul Gee’s long career as a literacy scholar, linguist, and educator
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook 21,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-50382-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 25,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
About this book

In a sweeping synthesis of new research in a number of different disciplines, this book argues that we humans are not who we think we are. As he explores the interconnections between cutting-edge work in bioanthropology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, human language and learning, and beyond, James Paul Gee advances, also, a personal philosophy of language, learning, and culture, informed by his decades of work across linguistics and the social sciences. Gee argues that our schools, institutions, legal systems, and societies are designed for creatures that do not exist, thus resulting in multiple, interacting crises, such as climate change, failing institutions, and the rise of nationalist nationalism.  As Gee constructs an understanding of the human that takes into account our social, collective, and historical nature, as established by recent research, he inspires readers to reflect for themselves on the very question of who we are—a key consideration for anyone interested in society, government, schools, health, activism, culture and diversity, or even just survival.

About the authors

James Paul Gee retired from academics in 2020 to live and work on his small farm.  He was the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, USA, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Education.  He received his PhD in theoretical linguistics from Stanford University in 1975.  In his career he was tenured at seven universities and held endowed chairs in three of them.  He has published widely in linguistics, social theory, learning science, education, and on video games and learning.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • Terman

    Pages 3-10

    Gee, James Paul

  • Humans

    Pages 11-27

    Gee, James Paul

  • More Than Animals?

    Pages 29-39

    Gee, James Paul

  • Human-Made Monsters

    Pages 41-55

    Gee, James Paul

  • Conclusion to Part I

    Pages 57-58

    Gee, James Paul

Buy this book

eBook 21,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-50382-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 25,99 €
price for Spain (gross)

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Is a Human?
Book Subtitle
Language, Mind, and Culture
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50382-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50382-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-50381-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 276
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Topics