Opening up the unfamiliar and enabling new pathways for movement and becoming: Through, in, and beyond attachment

Carlyle, Donna, Robson, Ian and Lhussier, Monique (2020) Opening up the unfamiliar and enabling new pathways for movement and becoming: Through, in, and beyond attachment. Journal of Childhood Studies, 45 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2371-4115

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The philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari opens up vast potential to disrupt and explore some of the confines of attachment theory when considering the development of enchantment, wishful, and magical thinking in childhood. Through connection with the use of the fairy-tale, the authors seek to illuminate and illustrate the lines of flight, which activate resistance against the universalism of attachment theory and linear process of child development. In using the classic tale of Peter Pan as metaphor, and by applying Deleuzian philosophy and mythology, we aim to expand current thinking about the nature of childhood. By translating text into visual meaning, thus creating a lens with which to view an alternative pathway for child development, the complexity of the spatio-temporality of relationships as a contemporary adjunct to attachment theory, is materialised to produce an affective picture of the non-linear dimension and process of development in children. This affective genre illuminates the embodied and sensory aspects of ‘becoming’ which challenges a reductionist view of relationships. In doing so, this allows a ‘state change’ that enables professionals and scholars to see see differently.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contemporary attachment theory, fairy-tales, child development, spatiality, rhythm, lines of flight, visual portraiture
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 15:03
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:19

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