Sociocultural affordances and enactment of agency: A transactional view

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Pyysiäinen , J 2021 , ' Sociocultural affordances and enactment of agency: A transactional view ' , Theory & Psychology , vol. 31 , no. 4 , pp. 491-512 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354321989431

Title: Sociocultural affordances and enactment of agency: A transactional view
Author: Pyysiäinen, Jarkko
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2021-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Theory & Psychology
ISSN: 0959-3543
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333380
Abstract: This article argues that when attempting to extend the concept of affordances to encompass action possibilities characteristic of our sociocultural environments, a transactionally informed relational perspective—along the lines formulated by classical pragmatist thinkers (especially Dewey and Bentley but also Peirce and Mead)—proves useful. A transactional perspective helps to reveal the intimate conceptual connections between sociocultural affordances (SCAs) and agency: both are crucially about contextually defined goal-directed doings, and about learning to fluently master particular patterns of habits, skills, and sociocultural practices in culturally appropriate and socially feasible ways. The paper outlines first, critical issues in the conceptualization of SCAs; second, how the concept of SCAs also points towards a transactional conception of agency enactment; and third, how a transactional view helps to make sense of some of the apparently puzzling tensions and fringe areas between various conceptualizations of (sociocultural) affordances and agency.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
515 Psychology
agency
ecological psychology
pragmatism
sociocultural affordances
transactionalism
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