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ERIC Number: EJ771227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Engestrom's Version of Activity Theory: A Conservative Praxis?
Avis, James
Journal of Education and Work, v20 n3 p161-177 Jul 2007
This article examines Engestrom's version of activity theory, one rooted in Marxism. It is argued that whilst this approach holds progressive possibilities, its radicalism is undermined by a restricted conceptualisation of transformation and the marginalisation of a politicised notion of social antagonism. As a consequence, this approach to activity theory can easily fold over into a conservative praxis that undermines its potential radicalism, becoming instead technicised and a form of transformism. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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