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