Re: Leont'ev-Vygotsky controversy

From: Peter Smagorinsky (
Date: Fri Feb 13 2004 - 10:58:59 PST

I think that anyone claiming to be an activity theorist (as I've done in
the past) at least implies that activity theory has superceded Vygotsky's
original formulations. I'm now a defrocked activity theorist (as
determined by external reviews of my manuscripts) so am not sure exactly
where I stand on this now.

Wertsch, e.g., has said that he has replaced Vygotsky's word meaning as the
unit of analysis for psychological research with goal-directed,
tool-mediated action in social context. To me, that suggests that he
believes this to be an advance. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK??

At 10:24 AM 2/13/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>Peter-- Who writes that Leontiev was an ADVANCE on Vygotsky in the US?
>I believe I encountered such views in Germany in 1986, but I have not
>seen the argument that its was an advance.
>Carol-- Important complement to Eugene's observations.

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