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Towards A Taxonomy Of Activity

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The types of activity already developed by Activity Theory, according to Davydov (1999: 44), "the activity types which were developed in the course of human history". Vera John-Steiner made an extensive study of well-known artistic and scientific collaborations. This is the only deep study of collaboration from the point of view of Cultural Psychology. John-Steiner has proposed a 4-way typology of collaborations as follows. Fraser's study of collaboration, particularly in the arts, drew upon representations of collaborative projects in popular culture to identify a rich series of archetypes of collaboration. A frame and genre, or 'institutional setting', is characterized by a set of rules of behavior and interpretation determining how different actions will be interpreted within the genre or frame.

Keywords: activity theory; cultural psychology; John-Steiner



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