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Children's agency, children's welfareA dialogical approach to child development, policy and practice$
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Carolus van Nijnatten

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424891

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424891.001.0001

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Social interaction and interactive agency

Social interaction and interactive agency

(p.33) three Social interaction and interactive agency
Children's agency, children's welfare

Carolus van Nijnatten

Policy Press

This chapter describes agency as an element of human interaction. It also shows that social interactions have a dynamic of their own. The dialogical character of the developmental context is discussed. Interactive agency has a narrative and a performative nature. The development of interactive agency is a two-way process between individual and society. This development is inevitably influenced by societal changes. The chapter also presents the worst-case scenario in the development of interactive agency: developmental processes that have been deeply disturbed and have resulted in loss of a sense of reality and serious psychiatric syndromes. Children's interactive agency depends on their interpretation of the social context in which they communicate with others rather than merely the objective characteristics of such a communicative situation. Different cultures demand different interactive skills and in contemporary western societies these demands are changing at an unprecedented rate.

Keywords:   interactive agency, social interactions, human interaction, psychiatric syndromes, children, interactive skills, contemporary western societies

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