Relational rationality and children's interview responses
2002 (English)In: Human Development, ISSN 0018-716X, Vol. 45, no 3, 174-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 45, no 3, 174-186 p.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-32002DOI: 10.1159/000057073Local ID: 17856OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-32002DiVA: diva2:252825