Social interaction and interactive agency

Carolus van Nijnatten

in Children's agency, children's welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424891
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301837 | DOI:
Social interaction and interactive agency

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This chapter describes agency as an element of human interaction. It also shows that social interactions have a dynamic of their own. The dialogical character of the developmental context is discussed. Interactive agency has a narrative and a performative nature. The development of interactive agency is a two-way process between individual and society. This development is inevitably influenced by societal changes. The chapter also presents the worst-case scenario in the development of interactive agency: developmental processes that have been deeply disturbed and have resulted in loss of a sense of reality and serious psychiatric syndromes. Children's interactive agency depends on their interpretation of the social context in which they communicate with others rather than merely the objective characteristics of such a communicative situation. Different cultures demand different interactive skills and in contemporary western societies these demands are changing at an unprecedented rate.

Keywords: interactive agency; social interactions; human interaction; psychiatric syndromes; children; interactive skills; contemporary western societies

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