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By David Barton, Karin Tusting

This booklet involves a suite of reports exploring the idea that of "communities of practice", which has been influential in social sciences, schooling, and administration lately. Its major objective is to stress the significance of parts equivalent to language, energy, and social context that are necessary to realizing how groups of perform paintings. the idea that has been a very influential one yet has had little sustained critique, so a publication of this sort is well timed and necessary.

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Even where reifications are imposed from above, they “must be re-appropriated into a local process in order to become meaningful” (Wenger 1998:60). It is in this interplay between participation and reification that negotiation of meaning takes place. A book (reification) is not involved in a process of negotiation of meaning until a person reads it (participation). An insurance claims form (reification) is not involved in negotiation of meaning until someone fills it in and processes it (participation).

He states: “Living is a constant process of negotiation of meaning. I will use the concept of negotiation of meaning very generally to characterize the process by which we experience the world and our engagement in it as meaningful. . ” Despite its inevitability, this negotiation of meaning is not something which ‘just happens’, but something which people actively produce by engaging in all the activities which living entails: “My notion 38 Beyond Communities of Practice [of negotiation of meaning] .

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