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Critical Perspectives on Activity
Explorations Across Education, Work, and Everyday Life

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Paul S. Adler, Alessandra Arce, Joe T. Berry, Newton Duarte, Mohamed Elhammoumi, Yrjö Engeström, Jean Lave, Joachim Lompscher, D. W. Livingstone, Ray McDermott, Maria Celia Marcondes de Moraes, Peter H. Sawchuk, Helena Worthen
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  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521849999

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  • The last two decades have seen an international explosion of interest in theories of mind, culture, and activity. This book includes a diverse array of theoretical perspectives from international scholars in the fields of education, psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, communications, industrial relations, and business studies. Broken into three main sections (education, work, and everyday life) each chapter emerges from an analysis of practice and learning as social cultural participation and historical change in relation to the concept of activity, contradiction, and struggle.

    • International and interdisciplinary collection
    • First edited collection of forefront critical perspective in the tradition
    • Overview chapter that provides an integrative approach to detailed studies of education, work, and everyday life which is usually dealt with separately
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521849999
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.546kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Introduction: exploring activity across education, work, and everyday life Peter H. Sawchuk, Newton Duarte and Mohamed Elhammoumi
    Part II. Critical Perspectives on Theory:
    2. Is there a Marxist psychology? Mohamed Elhammoumi
    3. The cultural-historical activity theory: some aspects of development Joachim Lompscher
    4. Epistemological scepticism, complacent irony: investigations concerning the neo-pragmatism of Richard Rorty Maria Celia Marcondes de Moraes
    Part II. Education:
    5. The importance of play in pre-school education: naturalisation versus Marxist analysis Alessandra Arce
    6. Estranged labor learning Ray McDermott and Jean Lave
    7. Our working conditions are our students' learning conditions: a CHAT analysis of college teachers Helena Worthen and Joe Berry
    Part III. Work:
    8. Contradictory class relations in work and learning: some resources for hope D. W. Livingstone
    9. From labor process to activity theory Paul S. Adler
    10. Values, rubbish and workplace learning Yrjö Engeström
    Part IV. Everyday Life:
    11. Education as mediation between the individual's everyday life and the historical construction of society and culture by humankind Newton Duarte
    12. Activity and power: everyday life and development of working-class groups Peter H. Sawchuk.

  • Editors

    Peter Sawchuk, University of Toronto
    Peter H. Sawchuk is Professor of Sociology & Equity Studies in Education as well as Industrial Relations at University of Toronto. He is the Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the Conference on Researching Work and Learning. He is also a founding member of the University of Toronto's Centre for the Study of Education and Work.

    Newton Duarte, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo
    Newton Duarte is a full professor in Philosophy of Education at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil where he is the Director of the PhD Program in School Education. He holds large-scale grants from the Brazilian National Governmental Institution for Scientific and Technologic Development and has won post-Professorial honors at UNESP.

    Mohamed Elhammoumi, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia
    Mohamed Elhammoumi is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia. He has published numerous papers on child development, cultural psychology, and the role of culture and family structures on the development of mental abilities, proportional reasoning and cognitive development including “Socio-Historicocultural Psychology: Lev Semenovich Vygotsky: A Bibliographical Notes”.


    Paul S. Adler, Alessandra Arce, Joe T. Berry, Newton Duarte, Mohamed Elhammoumi, Yrjö Engeström, Jean Lave, Joachim Lompscher, D. W. Livingstone, Ray McDermott, Maria Celia Marcondes de Moraes, Peter H. Sawchuk, Helena Worthen

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