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Leontyev’s Anatomy Of Activity

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Operations are where Activity Theory connects with the development of the psyche, as participation in actions entails operations which are internalized. Supported by Vygotsky s psychology at the lower end, this chapter provides a means of conceptualizing the formation of social practices and culture and their representation to the individual. The main issue is the conception of activities, what constitutes an activity, and what kind of society can be envisaged with this taxonomy of activities. The chapter examines the relation of Leontyevs Activity Theory to Marx s critique of political economy, but Leontyev seems to see an idealized version of the USSR as the norm, alongside of which bourgeois society is defective: poorly planned, and ridden with contradictions. It focuses on how Leontyev dealt with the issue of unit of analysis.

Keywords: Activity Theory; Leontyev; Marx; political economy



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