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Re: [xmca] Institutions and concepts

Thanks, Andy; this is extremely useful.

I would add this:
Stephen Toulmin: Concepts as micro-institutions (according to my memory, which is less reliable at this hour)

I have something on this in my chapter in the Kirshner & Whitson (eds) book on Situated Cognition. See

On Sat, 27 Mar 2010, Andy Blunden wrote:

mike cole wrote:
Perhaps I am agreeing with Andy about the linkages between institutions and
concepts, which is also a linkage between activities and concepts.

Mike, I would like to mention the following semantic connections which I think CHAT needs to pay attention to if we are to talk to the numerous other currents who share our domain of enquiry.

Institution = Discourse  (Foucault)
           = Practico-intert (Sartre)
           = Object (Hegel)
           = Activity (ANL, def. by object)
           = Genre (Bakhtin)
           = Frame (Goffman)
           = Tradition (Gadamer)
           = Figured world (D Holland)
           = Activity System (Engestrom?)
           = Social formation (Marx)
           = Field (Bourdieu)
which is a dead or solidified ...?
Project     for Schmit
           for Hegelians like Pinkard and Andy
           for Existentialists (Sartre, Heidegger?)
Gestalt des consciousness for Hegel
momentary   = context
           = situation

Projects & Institutions have as Units ... ?
           = Concept
	    = Action (ANL)
	    = Text?

obviously none of the = are really =, because they involve different conceptual frames. Which is my point, I guess.


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