Activity Theory Is a Dead End for Cultural-Historical Psychology

  title={Activity Theory Is a Dead End for Cultural-Historical Psychology},
  author={Aaro Toomela},
  journal={Culture \& Psychology},
  pages={353 - 364}
  • A. Toomela
  • Published 1 September 2000
  • Psychology
  • Culture & Psychology
In this article, activity theory is analysed. Specific examples for the analysis are taken from Ratner’s (2000) article on emotions. It is concluded that activity theory in general and Ratner’s approach in particular are deficient at three different levels of analysis: from a general theoretical approach to the study of mind to specific details of how particular mental phenomena and their development are studied. Reasons are proposed for why activity theory in principle cannot solve those… 
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