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I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book pertinent to
Human-Centered Informatics:

Activity Theory in HCI: Fundamentals and Reflections

Victor Kaptelinin (University of Bergen and Umea University)

Bonnie Nardi (University of California, Irvine)

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PDF (1138 KB)
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PDF Plus (1139 KB)


Activity theory -- a conceptual framework originally developed by Aleksei
Leontiev -- has its roots in the socio-cultural tradition in Russian
psychology. The foundational concept of the theory is human activity, which
is understood as purposeful, mediated, and transformative interaction
between human beings and the world. Since the early 1990s, activity theory
has been a visible landmark in the theoretical landscape of Human-Computer
Interaction (HCI). Along with some other frameworks, such as distributed
cognition and phenomenology, it established itself as a leading
post-cognitivist approach in HCI and interaction design. In this book we
discuss the conceptual foundations of activity theory and its contribution
to HCI research.


After making the case for theory in HCI and briefly discussing the
contribution of activity theory to the field (Chapter One) we introduce the
historical roots, main ideas, and principles of activity theory (Chapter
Two). After that we present in-depth analyses of three issues which we
consider of special importance to current developments in HCI and
interaction design, namely: agency (Chapter Three), experience (Chapter
Four), and activity-centric computing (Chapter Five). We conclude the book
with reflections on challenges and prospects for further development of
activity theory in HCI (Chapter Six). 


This title is available online, free of charge to members of institutions
that that have licensed the
<> Synthesis Digital Library
of Engineering and Computer Science. Use of this book as a course text is
encouraged and the text may be downloaded without restriction at licensed
institutions or after a one-time fee of $20.00 at non-licensed schools. To
find out whether your institution is a licensed, visit <
<>> or follow the links above and
attempt to download the PDF. Additional information about Synthesis can be
found through the following links. If you have any further questions, feel
free to contact me. 


 <> Available
titles and subject areas
Information for librarians,
<> including pricing and
A review of Synthesis in the
%20synthesis%20review%20for%20web%202011.pdf> October 2011 issue of CHOICE
A review of Synthesis in  <>

A print copy of this book can also be purchased directly from the
<> Morgan & Claypool Bookstore for $35.00 USD
or from Amazon and other booksellers worldwide.

Please write to request review or desk copies today! 

Thank you and best regards,
David Schlangen



David Schlangen
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 <> Morgan & Claypool Publishers
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