The dialogical self as a time-space matrix: personal chronotopes and ambiguous signifiers

Raggatt, Peter T.F. (2014) The dialogical self as a time-space matrix: personal chronotopes and ambiguous signifiers. New Ideas in Psychology, 32. pp. 107-114.

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Dialogical self theory makes explicit use of spatial metaphors. The self is conceptualized as a 'landscape' of decentralized 'I-positions'. While this captures the flux of our experience, our 'positioning' also has continuities over time – a requirement for the telling of history. Hence the dialogical self in its extension might be better conceived as a time–space matrix. Bakhtin called this matrix the "chronotope" and he used it to analyze literary forms. Here, I adapt the concept as a means to study the development of the dialogical self. A model for 'personal chronotopes' is proposed using 'dialogical triads'. Triads are comprised of an I-position, a counter-position, and an ambiguous signifier from the social domain (e.g., a powerful person). Ambiguous signifiers promote decentralizing movements in the self. I propose that personal chronotopes are comprised of a temporally organized string or sequence of dialogical triads. Their emergence is illustrated here using case material.

Item ID: 30434
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-3522
Keywords: self, narrative, chronotope, development, time-space
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 05:16
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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