Re: Leont'ev-Vygotsky controversy

From: Ana Marjanovic-Shane (
Date: Fri Feb 13 2004 - 23:22:17 PST

can you provide a reference for Engeström's critique of mediated action?

Mike Cole wrote:

>Peter-- Jim edited a book on the soviet concept of activity and in his
>1987 (?) book has some discussion of the use of this approach. To get
>at this issue would require (of me at least!) some time. I would want
>to read Zinchenko again, and parts of Jim's early book on Vygotsky. I
>would probably want to look at Engestrom's critique of mediated action
>in context as a unit of analysis. I simply can't do all that right now,
>but if I were teaching (and being on medical leave!) I would probably
>get together a bunch of such texts and try to sort things out.
>Right now I have the equally -- at leas -- task of trying to untangle
>a mixed up literature about cultural, cross-cultural, and indigenous
>psychologies where at least half of what I am reading is based, it seems,
>at best, on secondary sources and the result is multiplying confusions.
>Lets try to avoid that problem as much as possible here. Its not easy,
>but it is important.

Ana Marjanovic-Shane
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