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Constructing perspectives in the social making of minds.

Carpendale, Jeremy I. M. and Lewis, Charlie and Müller, Ulrich and Racine, Timothy P. (2005) Constructing perspectives in the social making of minds. Interaction Studies, 6 (3). pp. 341-368. ISSN 1572-0373

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Abstract

The ability to take others’ perspectives on the self has important psychological implications. Yet the logically and developmentally prior question is how children develop the capacity to take others’ perspectives. We discuss the development of joint attention in infancy as a rudimentary form of perspective taking and critique examples of biological and individualistic approaches to the development of joint attention. As an alternative, we present an activity-based relational perspective according to which infants develop the capacity to coordinate attention with others by differentiating the perspectives of self and other from shared activity. Joint attention is then closely related to language development, which makes further social development possible. We argue that the ability to take the perspective of others on the self gives rise to the possibility of language, rationality and culture.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Interaction Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: infant social development ; Piaget ; social understanding ; theory of mind ; Vygotsky ; Wittgenstein
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18717
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2008 13:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18717

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