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Meaning-Making for Living

The Emergence of the Presentational Self in Children’s Everyday Dialogues

Authors: Komatsu, Koji

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  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the Presentational Self Theory 
  • Explores activities that are related to the structure of children's lives and dialectic tensions that are essential for children's meaning construction 
  • Offers a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary theory of child development 
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This Open Access Brief analyzes the dynamics in which children’s selves emerge through their everyday activities of meaning construction, both in their relationships with family and within school education. It begins with a discussion of new psychological inquiries into children's selves and builds upon the innovative theoretical notion of the Presentational Self, developed by the author over the last decade.

The book illustrates how the observation of children’s meaning construction in their everyday lives becomes a starting point for theoretical and empirical inquiries into child development and gives a framework that promotes new inquiries in this area. The book describes the Presentational Self Theory as a sense of how the notion of the Self is being worked upon in everyday life encounters. Chapters feature in-depth analyses of exchanges between adults and children in the Japanese cultural context. 

Meaning-Making for Living will be of interest to researchers and graduate students in the fields of cognitive, social, developmental, educational, and cultural psychology. 


About the authors

Koji Komatsu is an associate professor of psychology at Osaka Kyoiku University. The inquiry into the process of children’s meaning construction and the emergence of their selves presented in this book is the result of his longstanding interest in human development in society. In addition to this subject, he inquires into several topics concerning culture and mind that also describe our meaning construction in mundane lives.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Who Can Know My Self? A New Look into Psychological Inquiries Into the Self

    Pages 1-9

    Komatsu, Koji

  • Self as Gestalt Quality

    Pages 11-18

    Komatsu, Koji

  • Selves Emerging in Meaning Construction: An Analysis of Mother-Child Conversation from a Semiotic Perspective

    Pages 19-41

    Komatsu, Koji

  • Rethinking the Frameworks of Psychology: What the Self Was and What it Was Not in Developmental Psychology

    Pages 43-56

    Komatsu, Koji

  • Construction of Selves Through Written Stories

    Pages 57-80

    Komatsu, Koji

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19926-5
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Softcover 20,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19925-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Meaning-Making for Living
Book Subtitle
The Emergence of the Presentational Self in Children’s Everyday Dialogues
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Theoretical Advances in Psychology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19926-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19926-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-19925-8
Series ISSN
2511-395X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 144
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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