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Université de Neuchâtel

Symbolic Competencies for Developmental Transitions: the Case of the Choice of First Names

Zittoun, Tania

In: Culture & Psychology, 2004, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 131-161

Human life consists of stability interspersed with ruptures. Transitions that follow such ruptures, offer a window on processes of change at the level of skill acquisition, identities, but also meaning construction. The article explores various uses of cultural elements such as books, movies or religious baggage as symbolic resources for such psychological development. It introduces the notion of...

Université de Neuchâtel

Symbolic resources and responsibility in transitions

Zittoun, Tania

In: Young, 2007, vol. 15, no. 2, p. 193-211

Since youth transitions have been redefined as flexible periods of change, it becomes difficult to conceptually distinguish them from any other transition period in people's life. Transitions are here defined as involving three types of interdependent processes (social relocation, knowledge construction and meaning-making). From a cultural psychological perspective, youth transitions can be...