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Activity Theory and Social Practice

Cultural Historical Approaches

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384 pages
ISBN 87 7288 955 1

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Through the contributions of anthropologists, philosophers, and psychologists, Activity Theory and Social Practice demonstrates the potential of a multidisciplinary approach for the study of activity.

Originally a psychological tradition, starting with the work of Lev S. Vygotsky and his collegues in the 1920s, and continuing with the development of activity theory, the cultural-historical approach has always demanded a multidisciplinary focus. 'The book contains some highly interesting and, above all, theoretically significant material. It is well edited and attractively produced. If one is looking for a viable and attractive alternative to the individualism of North American mainstream psychology, this is a good place to start.' Charles W. Tolman in Theory and Psychology.


Table of contents

List of Figures


1. Activity Theory and Social Practice: An Introduction, Mariane Hedegaard, Seth Chaiklin, and Uffe Juul Jensen

Human Activity and Social Practice

2. On Vygotsky's Research and Life, Ghita Vygotskaya
3. A New Approach to the Interpretation of Activity Structure and Content, Vasily V. Davydov
4. Activity Revisited as an Explanatory Principle and as an Object of Study - Old Limits and New Perspectives, Bernd Fichtner
5. Activity as an Explanatory Principle in Cultural Psychology, Peeter Tulviste

Philosophical Investigations of Activity and Social Practice

6. Categories in Activity Theory: Marx's Philosophy Just-in-time, Uffe Juul Jensen
7. Historical Change of the Notion of Activity: Philosophical Presuppositions, Vladislav A. Lektorsky
8. Activism, Activity and the New Cultural Politics: An Anthropological Perspective, Terence Turner
9. Evolution, Genetics and Psychology: The Crisis in Psychology. Vygotsky, Luria and Leontiev Revisited, Ethel Tobach

Gendered Social Practice

10. Public Philosophy and International Feminism, Martha C. Nussbaum
11. Sociocultural and Feminist Theory: Mutuality and Relevance, Vera John-Steiner

Cultural-Historical Approaches to Development and Personality

12. Infancy and Culture: A Story, Jerome Bruner
13. Social Interaction, Cultural Tools and the Zone of Proximal Development: In Search of a Synthesis, Anna P. Stetsenko
14. Personality, Subject and Human Development: The Subjective Character of Human Activity, Fernando L. González Rey

Institutions and Organizations as Mediators Between Subject and Society

15. Institutional Practices, Cultural Positions, and Personal Motives: Immigrant Turkish Parents' Conceptions about their Children's School Life, Mariane Hedegaard
16. Cultural Mind and Cultural Identity: Projects for Life in Body and Spirit, Amelia Álvarez and Pablo del Rio
17. Recent Trends in the Development of Education in Russia and the Role of Activity Theory for Schooling, Vitaly V. Rubtsov
18. When the Center Does Not Hold: The Importance of Knotworking, Yrjö Engeström, Ritva Engeström, and Tarja Vähäaho


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