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ERIC Number: EJ833997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1074-9039
Objects of Desire: Power and Passion in Collaborative Activity
Nardi, Bonnie A.
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v12 n1 p37-51 Feb 2005
This article uses activity theory to analyze the conduct of collaborative scientific research, showing how the conceptualization of object is critical to understanding key aspects of scientific collaboration. I argue that the passions and desires behind objects of scientific research are missing in most accounts. I suggest refinements to the concept of object to make it more useful for understanding collaboration. The empirical grounding for the work is a study of a biotechnology research department in a large pharmaceutical company. Theory and empirical findings interact in the analysis; activity theory illumines important aspects of scientific practice, at the same time, empirical findings suggest adjustments to the concept of object to deal more directly with issues of collaboration not emphasized in classical activity theory. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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