Engeström's version of activity theory: A conservative praxis?

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This article examines Engeström'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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-177
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2007

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