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[xmca] Engagement with Activity Theory.

Dear Mike,

I read  your joint article in the special issue of T&P 2011 and appreciated the notion of mutual appropriation - I was contrasting with, and have not found myself able to 'project' into 'formative teaching experment'  - though this would be another thread. Also in that issue Yryo used a definition of 'intervention' from Gerald Midgley, who I am working with now, his contribution has been to introduce a concept of 'boundary critique' -influenced by Ullrich -into  'Critical Systems Thinking'.

I became interested in 'activity theory' after responding to a call for papers for ISCAR 2005 Seville - and you responded! Also in that conference you gave a very moving talk WITH from and back to your audience - I enjoyed that - but of course the 'content' has now gone in memory.  It was only when Seth Chaiklin moved to the UK and 'rounded up'  stragglers that I engaged 'theoretically', very slowly and with very different values about research, but I got to the question I asked Andy, and still have -  in there somewhere-my historical traces to understand my communions and differences etc..  Going back into 'systems'  - with  the opacity of 're-entry',  initial dialogues show appreciation ' we haven't got a theory of activity' :).  Though their background has a stong history of community developmental work, and environmental developmental intervention .

In using this list serve, my email doesn't seem to 'reply' to messages in the way others mange to- I don't get a smooth 'title' and copy message, so I've not just quite got the hang of this. It meant that I couldn't direct comments - so early on I 'lost' responding to David Kellog on the discussion f the wine and bottles - and also on the talk of recognition. I have attempted to present a distinction of subjectification and 'appreciation' in recent talks - but this is 'unappreciated' with those deeply immersed in the notion of subjectification --  So I read greg's comments and will re-read the whole thread- it went very quickly!

Also I can't get an 'automatic' email to open on Bruce's link ( same problem with my hotmail set up) - so if there are any guidelines as to what is acceptable in terms of links to other websites etc  please point me there( and how to 'reply' in threads  with more focus/proximity). Live links are stripped out , sometimes they are 'accidentally' cut and pasted in haste, - but don't know the trouble this might provoke your server etc.

Many thanks, Christine.

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