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[Xmca-l] Re: Community Psychology

Trying to follow through on each of the concepts, Cliff.

In this connection, I notice that you use the term "activity setting" which
you attribute to Vygotsky. The book I took the McDermott materials from is
called "Understanding Practice: Perspectives on activity and context. In
that book, in the discussions among authors, Engestrom is led to declare
that "the activity is the context."

So my mind is spinning around what an activity setting might refer to over
and above "activity." And then there is the question of how your use of the
term context and the word setting relate to each other. And all of this is
presumably closely linked to the discussion on text/context.

Interesting to revisit old topics from new perspectives.


On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM, Cliff O'Donnell <cliffo@hawaii.edu> wrote:

> Thanks, Mike. Attached is the manuscript for my 2012 article with Roland.
> In it we discuss how we are using the concepts of context, culture, and
> intersubjectivity.
> Note that context is expressed in one of the goals of community psychology
> by its professional organization,
> the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA):
> ‘'to promote theory development and research that increases
> our understanding of human behavior in context’'
> (SCRA 2010 )."
> After discussing the many meanings of culture, we used the definition as
> the "shared meanings of people, developed through their history
> and activities." Also in our discussion of intersubjectivity, we noted
> "intersubjectivity does not imply uniformity. Diversity may be a shared
> value,
> agreement about process may allow frequent conflict, and there will always
> be differences among people in their skills, thoughts, experience, and
> emotions. In
> addition, activity settings are dynamic; their characteristics are in flux
> and, therefore, the intersubjectivity of their participants change over
> time (O’Donnell et al.
> 1993, p. 507)."
> Cliff
> On Mar 20, 2016, at 8:26 AM, mike cole wrote:
> Alfredo's comments sent me looking for background material on the CC side
>> of Roland and Cliff's article.
>> There is an article by Seymour as part of a special issue of MCA a while
>> ago. It seems not to have attraced the notice it deserves.Attached.
>> Also attached is a recent summary of Community Psychology and Intervention
>> research which seemed like promising background and perhaps a source of
>> additional ideas, since intervention is what so many us do professionally.
>> Myself, I have been thinking about why Roland and Cliff identified
>> secondary intersubjectivity as a key common principle.
>> mike
>> --
>> It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an
>> object
>> that creates history. Ernst Boesch
>> <Revisiting the Creating of Settings.pdf><communitypsych.pdf>


It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
that creates history. Ernst Boesch