The Problem of Joint Activity: Tradition and Perspectives



This work focuses on one of the most essential topics in the social psychology of small groups, that is, on the function of joint activity in intragroup situations. The paper outlines the distinction between 'group activity' and 'joint activity', analyzes the definitions of the latter, describes features of objective and subjective joint activities as well as characteristics of collective subject of activity. The final part highlights the possible topics for further research into joint activity in small groups.

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Keywords: social psychology of small group, group activity, joint activity, forms of joint activity organization, objective joint activity, subjective joint activity, collective subject.

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Dubovskaya E.M. The Problem of Joint Activity: Tradition and Perspectives. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2013. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 5–12. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Ekaterina M. Dubovskaya, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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