Cultural-historical activity theory : founding insights and new challenges

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Sannino , A & Engeström , Y 2018 , ' Cultural-historical activity theory : founding insights and new challenges ' , Cultural-Historical Psychology , vol. 14 , no. 3 , pp. 43-56 . https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2018140305

Title: Cultural-historical activity theory : founding insights and new challenges
Author: Sannino, A.; Engeström, Y.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Cultural-Historical Psychology
ISSN: 1816-5435
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299511
Abstract: The article presents central ideas and future challenges of cultural-historical activity theory, focusing specifically on the work of the so-called Helsinki school of activity theory. We first introduce the revolutionary roots of the theory in the works of Marx and Vygotsky, and the evolution of the unit of analysis through different generations of activity theory. We then discuss the foundational role of historicity and dialectics in activity theory. We identify two central epistemological-methodological principles that guide activity-theoretical studies, namely the principle of double stimulation and the principle of ascending from the abstract to the concrete. These principles lead us to emphasize formative interventions as a powerful way to conduct societally impactful activity-theoretical research. We conclude by pointing out some major challenges facing activity theory in the 21st century.
Subject: activity theory
unit of analysis
historicity
dialectics
double stimulation
formative interventions
DOUBLE STIMULATION
WAITING EXPERIMENT
VYGOTSKIAN MODEL
CONTRADICTIONS
EMERGENCE
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