Transformation or transformism: Engestrom's version of activity theory?

James Avis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

34 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The paper examines Engestrom's version of activity theory. It seeks to locate this within the socio-economic and theoretical context in which notions of co-configuration and knotworking are set. Although this theoretical approach offers radical possibilities it is limited by its neglect of the wider social context in which activity systems are located as well as by its failure to address issues of power and social antagonism. The recovery of these neglected areas has been recognized by those who have critically engaged with activity theory. Such an approach would serve to re-centre the Marxist interest in social transformation and would minimize the tendency towards transformism integrally embedded in this particular version of activity theory.

LanguageEnglish
Pages151-165
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Review
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009

Fingerprint

antagonism
neglect
economics

Cite this

@article{db29eebf270d415f91130e3a674ad63d,
title = "Transformation or transformism: Engestrom's version of activity theory?",
abstract = "The paper examines Engestrom's version of activity theory. It seeks to locate this within the socio-economic and theoretical context in which notions of co-configuration and knotworking are set. Although this theoretical approach offers radical possibilities it is limited by its neglect of the wider social context in which activity systems are located as well as by its failure to address issues of power and social antagonism. The recovery of these neglected areas has been recognized by those who have critically engaged with activity theory. Such an approach would serve to re-centre the Marxist interest in social transformation and would minimize the tendency towards transformism integrally embedded in this particular version of activity theory.",
keywords = "Activity Theory, Engestrom, Transformation, Transformism",
author = "James Avis",
year = "2009",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/00131910902844754",
language = "English",
volume = "61",
pages = "151--165",
journal = "Educational Review",
issn = "0013-1911",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

Transformation or transformism : Engestrom's version of activity theory? / Avis, James.

In: Educational Review, Vol. 61, No. 2, 01.05.2009, p. 151-165.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Transformation or transformism

T2 - Educational Review

AU - Avis, James

PY - 2009/5/1

Y1 - 2009/5/1

N2 - The paper examines Engestrom's version of activity theory. It seeks to locate this within the socio-economic and theoretical context in which notions of co-configuration and knotworking are set. Although this theoretical approach offers radical possibilities it is limited by its neglect of the wider social context in which activity systems are located as well as by its failure to address issues of power and social antagonism. The recovery of these neglected areas has been recognized by those who have critically engaged with activity theory. Such an approach would serve to re-centre the Marxist interest in social transformation and would minimize the tendency towards transformism integrally embedded in this particular version of activity theory.

AB - The paper examines Engestrom's version of activity theory. It seeks to locate this within the socio-economic and theoretical context in which notions of co-configuration and knotworking are set. Although this theoretical approach offers radical possibilities it is limited by its neglect of the wider social context in which activity systems are located as well as by its failure to address issues of power and social antagonism. The recovery of these neglected areas has been recognized by those who have critically engaged with activity theory. Such an approach would serve to re-centre the Marxist interest in social transformation and would minimize the tendency towards transformism integrally embedded in this particular version of activity theory.

KW - Activity Theory

KW - Engestrom

KW - Transformation

KW - Transformism

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=69249185393&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/00131910902844754

DO - 10.1080/00131910902844754

M3 - Article

VL - 61

SP - 151

EP - 165

JO - Educational Review

JF - Educational Review

SN - 0013-1911

IS - 2

ER -