Social relations and friendships: pathways to study motive, motivation and subjectivity

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This chapter focuses on González Rey’s theory of subjectivity in relation to motivation and motives. González Rey’s theory of subjectivity provides a framework for the study of friendship, as families with children transition to live in a new country. Analysis explores the subjective productions of children and adults through dialogue and actions, during the process of children becoming friends. Findings indicate that during a playdate, children’s shared motives and motivations are subjectively configured through suggesting and agreeing—these processes contribute to emotional engagement of each participant in relation. The social productions of adults, influences children’s development of social interactions and possibilities for children to become friends. Adults and teachers create social conditions for children, for example, a mother coaches her child about what to expect when entering new social situations, and a teacher groups children in academic activities to provide opportunities to interact with different class members in different situations. Friendship is a social production and the pathway involves subjectivity, motivations and shared motives, contributing to children’s learning and development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory of Subjectivity from a Cultural-Historical Standpoint
Subtitle of host publicationGonzález Rey’s Legacy
EditorsDaniel Magalhães Goulart, Albertina Mitjáns Martinez, Megan Adams
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789811614170
ISBN (Print)9789811614163
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePerspectives in Cultural-Historical Research
ISSN (Print)2520-1530
ISSN (Electronic)2520-1549

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