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Leontyev’s Activity Theory And Marx’s Political Economy

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The great strength of the Activity Theory approach is the understanding that the structure of Activity and the structure of the psyche are in essence identical. The social relations through which the actions are controlled means that people can be conscripted into projects for purely external motivations, and even the technical details of their labor can be under the control of another. Leontyev claims that the objective meaning of labor is the provision for the needs of "society". Further, for the purposes of economic analysis, Marx divides the activity of capital between Department I and Department II, but this division has little psychological significance. So as a theory of psychology Leontyev's activity theory still works, just so long as the content of 'activity' is not taken too seriously.

Keywords: Leontyev's activity theory; Marx



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