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Re: [xmca] Operations, mental images and emotions (!)

Hi Manfred,

Less worlds colliding than ships passing in the night -  you have misunderstood what I was trying to say; my fault for writing so briefly. 

My point is simple, but I think important. It is this: the fact that infants cannot form "mental images" (and I agree with you that this is the case) is not a basis for arguing that therefore they cannot perform an 'action' and consequently cannot participate in an 'activity/project.' 

It is obvious to me (and I write as a developmental psychologist who has been studying children for more than 30 years) that infants are drawn into 'activities/projects' by and with their parents. The need that the infant manifests serves as the motive for the activity; the parents carry out the actions.


On Apr 11, 2013, at 1:40 AM, "Holodynski, Manfred" <manfred.holodynski@uni-muenster.de> wrote:

> Ups, Martin, 
> this is where worlds collide :-) I'm arguing on the basis of developmental and psychological studies on infants and young children - and you are arguing from an adult and a sociological perspective  - and you are arguing with Marx to whom we can attribute only everyday concepts about the psychological development of young children. 

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