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Beyond ‘developmentalism’: A relational and embodied approach to young children's development

Gabriel, Norman (2021) 'Beyond ‘developmentalism’: A relational and embodied approach to young children's development.' Children and Society, 35 (1). pp. 48-61. ISSN 0951-0605

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This article begins by discussing ‘developmentalism’, one of the key debates that has characterised the current theoretical impasse in the development of childhood studies. I use Norbert Elias's concept of the relation between love and learning as a foundation to develop the way in which young children's development is a non‐linear, temporal and embodied process. I argue that we need to develop a relational approach that moves beyond some of the binary divisions between ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, drawing on concepts from particular theoretical traditions that have been under‐utilised, particularly the relational school of psychoanalysis and the work of Maurice Merleau‐Ponty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child development, childhood, developmentalism, Merleau-Ponty, Norbert Elias
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 09:17
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:32

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