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Construction of dispositions and development of human activity: a theoretical framework illustrated by the case of a novice manager

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Abstract:

This article examines how ‘dispositions’ are constructed as vectors and elements in the production and development of human activity by analysing the transformations in the activity of a young manager in her new role as head of distribution in a small publishing firm. The transformations in her activity are revealed by action–disposition articulations: (1) from action to disposition, as she looks for regularity and generality in events and activities; (2) from disposition to action, in her productive actualisations; and (3) the trajectory that gradually emerges from the articulation of these articulations, signalling a development in her activity through appropriation and individuation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2012.734490

Affiliations: Equipe CRAFT, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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