Metaphors of development and the development of metaphors

Tania Zittoun & Alex Gillespie

Résumé Development is a core theoretical issue for psychology. Yet, the root metaphors that guide theory and research on development have rarely been questioned, and the limitations and blind spots of these metaphors have not been made explicit. In this article, we propose an exercise in theoretical imagination. We start by reviewing the metaphors commonly used in developmental psychology. We then develop four alternative metaphors that, despite being present in the general semiosphere, have not received much theoretical attention. In order to evaluate these metaphors, we introduce a case study of the development evident in a woman’s diary. On this basis, we invite psychologists to examine new metaphors and thus expand the horizon of possible theorizing.
Mots-clés development, dialogism, growth, metaphor, semiotic mediation
Citation Zittoun, T., & Gillespie, A. (2020). Metaphors of development and the development of metaphors. Theory & Psychology, 30(6), 827-841.
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 1-12-2020
Nom du périodique Theory & Psychology
Volume 30
Numéro 6
Pages 827-841
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354320939194