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Enacting human developments: from representation to virtuality

By M. Kontopodis, M. Kontopodis, C. Wulf and B. Fichtner

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The chapter presented here criticizes the mainstream developmental approaches in psychology and proposes a relational understanding of human development. It brings together materials from two different research projects: ethnographic research that took place at an experimental vocational school in Germany from 2004 till 2005 and a posteriori analysis of an analogue school project that took place in Wilson School in Long Beach California, USA from 1994 till 1998. The analysis of the presented material demonstrates that "development" is not something happening "out-there," in the school or in everyday life; neither is it just a discursive category specialists use "in-here" to describe what is happening "out-there." Development is exactly the product or the enactment or the relation between the "in-here" and the "out-there." This relation is mediated through documents, diaries, photos, CVs, and other tools. All these mediating tools fabricate linear time and development, as we know them in western modernity. Revealing the mediations necessary to fabricate development could lead to imagining radically new individual, collective, and societal developments - an endeavor which proves important especially with regard to gender sensitive education as well as to the education of class and ethnic minorities

Topics: refereed, international
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-94-007-0243-1_12
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