Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Uses of symbolic resources in the transition to parenthood

Zittoun, Tania

In: Contemporary Theorizing in Psychology : Global Perspectives, 2005, p. 327-334

To explore uses of symbolic resources — movies, novels or songs — in transitions, this paper examines the semioric work in which future parents engage. A five-steps sequence is identified within the procedure of choosing a first name for the child to come. People can be said to create a sense of rupture and a field of possibilities, to anchor it into their past, and to project it into the... Plus

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    To explore uses of symbolic resources — movies, novels or songs — in transitions, this paper examines the semioric work in which future parents engage. A five-steps sequence is identified within the procedure of choosing a first name for the child to come. People can be said to create a sense of rupture and a field of possibilities, to anchor it into their past, and to project it into the future and the social world. First names finally appear to acquire various. Symbolic functions. Symbolic resources are thus shown to participate to the emergence of newness.