Agency and Appropriation of Voice – Cultural Differences in Parental Ideas about Young Children’s Talk

Aukrust, Vibeke Grøver
September 2001
Human Development (0018716X);2001, Vol. 44 Issue 5, p235
Academic Journal
The problem of how children develop culturally molded individuality through talk is approached through a discussion of the concept of appropriation of voice, developed within Bakhtinian dialogical theory. The concept turns attention to otherness and ownness as processes that are simultaneously present in speaking. The problem is discussed through a study of parental ideas about otherness and ownness in talk, asking whether parents living in two different countries view their children’s talk as a process of children making others’ utterances their own or rather as a process of creating their own new utterances. The empirical examples are used to explore further the conceptual distinction between otherness and ownness in appropriation of voice, suggesting that culturally molded conceptions of agency may be at work in the construction of individuality through talk.Copyright © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel


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