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Tracing the Roots of Activity Systems Theory An Analysis of the Concept of Mediation
Örebro University, Orebro University School of Business, Örebro University, Sweden. BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6646-9798
2010 (English)In: Theory & psychology, ISSN 0959-3543, E-ISSN 1461-7447, Vol. 20, no 5, 641-665 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores some meta-theoretical sources to cultural-historical activity theory by focusing on the concept of cultural mediation as it is construed in activity systems theory. Links to Charles S. Peirce's pragmaticism are identified and elaborated by comparison of the semiotic version of mediation with cultural mediation. The philosophical influence from Hegelian thought to both pragmaticism and activity systems theory is identified and elaborated with a focus on mediation. By a reinterpretation of C.S. Peirce's category the third-Thirdness, as "phaneroscopic mediation"-a partial overlap is found with cultural mediation. Although overlapping in the emphasis on mediation, activity theory, and pragmaticism also show some significant differences in scope and application.

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2010. Vol. 20, no 5, 641-665 p.
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activity theory, cultural-historical activity theory, mediation, philosophy, semiotics
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-40880DOI: 10.1177/0959354310375329ISI: 000283291700003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78049271384OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-40880DiVA: diva2:779080
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CEROC, INTERORG
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-06-03Bibliographically approved

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