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Internalization: How culture becomes mind

Zittoun, Tania ; Gillespie, Alex

In: Culture & Psychology, 2015, vol. 21, no. 4, p. 477-491

Internalization, the process by which culture becomes mind, is a core concept in cultural psychology. However, since the 1990s it has also been the source of debate. Critiques have focused on the underlying metaphor of internal-external as problematic. It has been proposed that appropriation provides a better conceptualization, a term that focuses attention more on behavior and less on...

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"On connaît la musique?" : un regard socioculturel sur le travail des musiciens

Diep, Alexandre ; Zittoun, Tania (Dir.)

Mémoire de master : Université de Neuchâtel, 2011.

Ce mémoire s'intéresse aux pratiques professionnelles de 5 musiciens sous l'angle d'une psychologie socioculturelle. Inspiré par l'analyse de l'activité en psychologie française du travail représentée par Clot, nous avons emprunté les notions de genre et de style d'activité que nous considérons comme des ressources professionnelles. Le concept de ressource symbolique et le modèle de...

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The Use of Symbolic Resources in Developmental Transitions

Zittoun, Tania ; Duveen, Gerard ; Gillespie, Alex ; Ivinson, Gabrielle ; Psaltis, Charis

In: Culture & Psychology, 2003, vol. 9, no. 4, p. 415-448

This paper introduces the idea of symbolic resources as the use of cultural elements to mediate the representational work occasioned by ruptures or discontinuities in the smooth experience of ordinary life, moments when the ‘taken-for-granted’ meanings cease to be taken for granted. In particular we are concerned with the use of symbolic resources in moments of developmental transitions, that...

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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...

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Symbolic Resources in Dialogue, Dialogical Symbolic Resources

Zittoun, Tania

In: Culture & Psychology, 2007, vol. 13, no. 3, p. 365-376

Uses of symbolic resources can be seen as dialogical processes: they take place in a cultural world constituted by semiotic exchanges; they can lead people to interact; and as artefacts, they contain echoes of many other voices. The article proposes to consider traditional Talmudic study as a paradigmatic dialogical situation, in which scholars learn to use traditional texts as resources to...

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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...