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Activity theory - talking truth to power?

Avis, James (2007) Activity theory - talking truth to power? In: 6th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 25– 27 March 2007, Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper is part polemic, part exploration. It examines Engeström’s version of activity theory, one rooted in Marxism. It is argued that whilst this approach holds progressive possibilities – ‘talking truth to power’, 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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2008 11:40
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:30
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2555

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