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ERIC Number: EJ1013578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Toddlers' Complex Communication: Playfulness from a Secure Base
Alcock, Sophie
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v14 n2 p179-190 2013
Attachment theory is presented in this article as involving embodied relational processes within complex relational systems. Two narrative-like "events" are represented to illustrate very young children playfully relating -- connecting and communicating inter- and intrasubjectively. The ethnographic-inspired research methods included the researcher as a participant observer, an outsider, an other, and a-part yet connected to the observation. Belonging and well-being, holding-on and letting-go, trust and the distributed nature of individual minds connected amidst playfulness, are images observed and interpreted in these (and other) events. Several of Winnicott's metaphorical concepts around transitional phenomena, transitional and potential space, holding, and the environment as a good enough mother, are employed to further extend interpretations and understandings of attachment in complex relational ways. The implications lie in understanding and applying concepts associated with attachment theory in complex ways, rather than simply viewing attachment in terms of simplistic concepts and categories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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