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Chapter 3 - The Tasks of Reality and Reality As the Task

Connecting Cultural-Historical Activity Theory with the Radical Scholarship of Resistance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 November 2023

Nick Hopwood
University of Technology, Sydney
Annalisa Sannino
Tampere University, Finland
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This chapter’s overall argument is that to advance cultural-historical activity theory, at this time of a severe sociopolitical and ecological crisis, it is imperative to amplify connections to the radical scholarships of resistance immersed in social justice struggles. I address how Marxism and Vygotsky’s approach directly align with this scholarship, on an array of positions, in contrast to approaches that do not prioritize such struggles. Using the transformative-activist stance (Stetsenko, 2017a) - premised on Marxist/Vygotskyan foundations, inclusive of a unified ethico-ontoepistemology - and while connecting to contemporary scholarship of resistance, I further the notion of agency in several steps (relevant also to motives). The core argument posits agency at the nexus of a seamless, ever-evolving/moving process of a mutual self-and-world co-realization, while problematizing reality as a task and gearing agency to the tasks of resistance. Additionally, the chapter sets the stage to interrogate charges of eurocentrism and anthropocentrism in Marx and Vygotsky.

Agency and Transformation
Motives, Mediation, and Motion
, pp. 56 - 83
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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