Socializing infants towards a cultural understanding of expressing negative affect: A Bakhtinian informed discursive psychology approach

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This article addresses the socialization of emotion expression in infancy. It argues that in order to
adequately understand emotion development we need to consider the appraisal of emotion expression through caregivers in mundane, everyday interactions. Drawing on sociocultural and Bakhtinian theorizing, it claims that caregivers’ appraisals of infants’ emotion expression are dialogically intertwined with broader speech genres or “communicative genres” of a community and the emotional-volitional tone and normative orientations embedded in them. It aims to investigate how communicative genres become visible in early caregiver–infant interactions.
In a comparative study with 20 farming Cameroonian Nso mothers from Kikaikelaki and
20 German middle-class mothers from Muenster and their 3-month-old infants, we investigated
discursive practices used by the mothers in reaction to the infants’ expression of negative affect. We found distinct patterns of coconstructing the interaction that point to different normative ori-
entations and communicative genres that can be considered to be specific to the two sociocultural
contexts. These communicative genres were found to be in line with broader cultural ethnotheories
on good child care in these two communities found in previous studies and by other researchers.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftMind, Culture, and Activity
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)39-61
Antal sider23
ISSN1074-9039
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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