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Engeström’s version of activity theory: a conservative praxis?

Avis, James (2007) Engeström’s version of activity theory: a conservative praxis? Journal of education and work, 20 (3). pp. 161-177. ISSN 1363-9080

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Abstract

This article examines Engestrm'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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > L Education (General)
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: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2008 16:43
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:30
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/820

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