‘Visual Vivencias’ to understand subjectivity and affective connection in young children

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This paper theorizes the concept of affective connection as a dimension of subjective sense. A methodological tool of ‘Visual Vivencias’ is used to analyse how young children create affective connections with adults and other young children. A cultural - historical approach is discussed to explain how young children develop significant and affective relations and connections with each other. Video observations were made of a baby and her family who live in Australia and with Mexican heritage. Two case examples are discussed, the first one involves a baby and her father and the second one is about two babies interacting. The analysis of the data includes moments of intensity, affective exchange and action and affective connections. This paper emphasises the importance of using visual methodologies to further understand babies’ subjectivity as they affectively make sense of their world. Pedagogical implications are discussed such as the importance of educators having close affective interactions with young children.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalVideo Journal of Education and Pedagogy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Affect
  • Babies
  • Cultural - historical theory
  • Subjectivity
  • Young children

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