Category Archives: Activity

Collective Development in Open-Source Communities – An Activity Theoretical Perspective on Successful Online Collaboration

Read Online collaboration is often organized without strong predetermined rules or central authority, which is why coordination and ways of organizing cooperation become crucial elements of collaboration. This article investigates how online projects can overcome problems of dispersed work, solve … Continue reading

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Use-Value and the Re-thinking of Skills, Learning and the Labour Process

Read Reviewing multiple traditions of social analysis of work, skill and knowledge this article seeks to renew the possibility for a critical, integrated approach. Contextualizing and then criticizing the ongoing ‘up-skilling/de-skilling impasse’, I offer discussion of several alternative conceptual resources … Continue reading

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“Vygotsky’s Neglected Legacy” – Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Read The authors describe an evolving theoretical framework that has been called one of the best kept secrets of academia: cultural-historical activity theory, the result of proposals Lev Vygotsky first articulated but that his students and followers substantially developed to … Continue reading

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Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation

Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning–that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner’s head. The authors … Continue reading

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Cognition and communication at work

Cognition and communication at work This book brings together contributions from researchers within various social science disciplines who seek to redefine the methods and topics that constitute the study of work. They investigate work activity in ways that do not … Continue reading

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Mind, culture, and activity

Mind, culture, and activity This volume brings together articles from The Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. The selected articles are important benchmarks in the recent history of research and theory on the cultural and contextual foundations … Continue reading

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