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

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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