Re‐thinking the “thing”: Sociomaterial approaches to understanding and researching learning in work

  title={Re‐thinking the “thing”: Sociomaterial approaches to understanding and researching learning in work},
  author={Tara J. Fenwick},
  journal={Journal of Workplace Learning},
  • T. Fenwick
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Workplace Learning
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to compare theoretical conceptions that reclaim and re‐think material practice – “the thing” in the social and personal mix – specifically in terms of work activity and what is construed to be learning in that activity.Design/methodology/approach – The paper is theory‐based. Three perspectives have been selected for discussion: cultural‐historical activity theory (CHAT), actor‐network theory (ANT), and complexity theory. A comparative approach is used to… Expand
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