The Challenge of Individuality in Cultural- Historical Activity Theory: “Collectividual” Dialectics from a Transformative Activist Stance

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  • Anna Stetsenko

Abstract

In addressing the persistent challenge of fully integrating individual dimensions and human
subjectivity within the cultural-historical activity theory, this paper suggests several steps to revise
its core onto-epistemology in an expansive approach termed the transformative activist stance.
This approach outlines the subtle dialectics of individual and collective planes of human praxis
whereby each individual is shaped by collective history and collaborative practices while at the
same time shaping and real-izing them through contributing to their collective, dynamic
materiality in moving beyond the status quo. In capitalizing on people always transcending what
exists in ‘the here and now,’ in a non-adaptive fashion, based in a commitment and vision to how
the world “ought to be,” the individual subjectivity is reclaimed as itself a fully social, embodied,
material-discursive process. Individual subjectivity and agency gain status through contributing to
changes in “collectividual” practices as the primary onto-epistemology of a unitary realm that is
individual and social/collective at the same time.

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Stetsenko, A. (2013). The Challenge of Individuality in Cultural- Historical Activity Theory: “Collectividual” Dialectics from a Transformative Activist Stance. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 14(2), 07–28. Retrieved from https://tidsskrift.dk/outlines/article/view/9791

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