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Relational rationality and children's interview responses
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies.
2002 (English)In: Human Development, ISSN 0018-716X, Vol. 45, no 3, 174-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Children's interview responses are often read monologically, as mirror reflections of their spontaneous thinking. In contrast, analyses of alignments and collaboration imply a dialogical approach. We argue that in a dialogical analysis, children's interview responses should be read in terms of a relational rationality. Against the backdrop of such a rationality, 'immature' responses can be understood in terms of children's desire to please the interviewer, and by their rational desire to align themselves with their co-participants. In contrast to the scientific rationality of Grice's conversational maxims, relational rationality is instead discussed in terms of social relations. Copyright ⌐ 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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2002. Vol. 45, no 3, 174-186 p.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-32002DOI: 10.1159/000057073Local ID: 17856OAI: diva2:252825
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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