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ERIC Number: EJ1140332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Interpersonal Fields of Play
Alcock, Sophie Jane
Early Child Development and Care, v187 n5-6 p924-934 2017
Ethnographic methods are used to investigate infant--toddlers relationships in an early childhood setting. The metaphorical and emotionally based concepts of holding [Winnicott, D. W. (1960). "The theory of the parent-infant relationship." "International Journal of Psychoanalysis," 41, 585-595.] and container: contained [Bion, W. R. (1962). "Learning from experience." London: William Heinemann.] provide complementary angles for interpreting pre-verbal, pre-symbolic, conscious and unconscious processes in the play of young children feeling and thinking, connecting and communicating with and in their bodies, sensually within interpersonal fields [Lewin, K. (1935). "A dynamic theory of personality." New York, NY: McGraw-Hill]. Vitality affects [Stern, D. (2010). "Forms of vitality: Exploring dynamic experience in psychology, the arts, psychotherapy, and development." Oxford: Oxford University Press] add the felt-tone of moving bodies to these interpretations. The complex relational ways in which these young toddlers played, co-creating interpersonal fields of play are the focus of this paper.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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