Expansion of Parents’ Undetermined Experience in Socioeducational Programs: Extending the Dialogical Self Theory

Danny Boulanger

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Abstract


The Dialogic Self Theory (DST—Hermans et al. Integrative Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 51(4), 1-31, 2017) is extended here in its dynamic aspects through focusing on the notions of indeterminacy, emptiness and movement. Linking with Husserl, I propose moving the dialogical self (DS) from a clear position in the “repertory of the Self” to an undetermined horizon. This makes it possible to introduce “holes” (emptiness) into the schematic representation of the “repertory of the Self”. Yet Husserl’s concept of horizon seems to focus too much on making the indeterminable determinate. To overcome this limit, I incorporate Bergson’s concept of empty form into the DST. This enables conceptualising the extension and emergence of horizon. Extending Bergson’s concept of organisation, it is possible to see how the expansion of the horizon in a movement of globalisation does not necessarily entail the disorganisation of the DS but rather to its further organisation. Extending the system of DS by Hermans et al. Integrative Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 51(4), 1-31, (2017), I open by suggesting that movements are both horizontal (between people) and vertical (between the person, the institutions and the norms) connectors. My conceptual propositions are illustrated by parents’ and educators’ discourses in two Canadian socio-educational programs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIntegrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Volume51
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)557-569
Number of pages13
ISSN1932-4502
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Dialogic self theory
  • Emptiness
  • Empty form
  • Expansion
  • Horizon
  • Indeterminacy
  • Movement as boundary
  • Organisation
  • Parent
  • School

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