Cry, Baby, cry: A dialogic response to emotion

White, E 2013, 'Cry, Baby, cry: A dialogic response to emotion', Mind, Culture, and Activity, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 62-78.


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Title Cry, Baby, cry: A dialogic response to emotion
Author(s) White, E
Year 2013
Journal name Mind, Culture, and Activity
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 62
End page 78
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylr and Francis
Abstract This article challenges traditional approaches to emotion as a discreet biological or dialectic process in the early years. In doing so the proposition is made that emotion is an answerable social act of meaning-making and self-hood. Inspired by Bakhtinian philosophy, which resists separating emotion from cognition or the individual from their social milieu, the dialogic interplay that takes place between an 18-month-old infant, adults, and peers in a New Zealand Education and Care setting is explored from an emotional volitional standpoint. Drawing on eleven hours of polyphonic split-screen video footage taken from the visual perspective of the infant and those around her, language acts and their interpretive aftermath are presented as intersubjective and alteric (i.e., altering) communicative acts. Taken together they recaste infant emotionality as a highly strategic socially oriented process of embodied performance through selective employment of genres that "speak" to the adult. The article argues that such a renewed appreciation of infant emotion has potential for understanding very young children as strategically acting upon as well as responding to the environment that surrounds them. As such there is potential to view emotional acts as answerable performance, with revealing implications for those who share in infant experience. © 2013 Regents of the University of California.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Keyword(s) Framework
Policy
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10749039.2012.692107
Copyright notice Copyright © Regents of the University of California on behalf of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition
ISSN 1074-9039
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