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Chapter 1 - Motives, Mediation and Motion

Towards an Inherently Learning- and Development-Orientated Perspective on Agency

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 November 2023

Nick Hopwood
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University of Technology, Sydney
Annalisa Sannino
Affiliation:
Tampere University, Finland
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Studies of agency are crucial if we are to grapple with pressing societal and environmental problems. Relevant conceptual and methodological solutions are needed to make alternative futures possible. This chapter outlines a broad position from which the subsequent contributions to this edited volume depart: one that recognises the urgency of agency and the value of cultural-historical perspectives in breaking away from problematic notions that frame agency as a matter of individuals pitted against the social, or in which individual actions lose their social contingency. Elaborating agency as a matter of struggle where individual and social are in dialectic relations, the chapter focusses on motives, mediation and motion. Within a broader and still-evolving cultural-historical framework, these motifs offer a distinctive way to deal with the challenges of conceptualising and facilitating agency, one which brings alternative futures into the realm of the possible by linking agency with learning and development.

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Agency and Transformation
Motives, Mediation, and Motion
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