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Symbolic resources and imagination in the dynamics of life
Abstract This chapter presents two mutually dependent conceptual developments in sociocultural psychology: the concept of “symbolic resources” and a theory of imagination. It argues that, although both have been considered as side problems, these might actually enable to highlight fundamental dynamics in the study of human development in the lifecourse, as well as cultural change. The chapter is organized five sections. The first section sketches a sociocultural psychology of lifecourse and highlights some of its challenges. The second section presents a sociocultural psychological theory, while the third retraces the concept of symbolic resources. These two sections each present a short historical summary and a theoretical model. The fourth section puts these two concepts at work, and shows how they may participate to the definition of the lifecourse and societal change, but also, how these can be constrained. The fifth section opens on further theoretical and methodological challenges.
   
Keywords Symbolic resource; imagination; lifecourse development; sphere of experience; methodology; integrative model
   
Citation Zittoun, T. (2018). Symbolic resources and imagination in the dynamics of life. In A. Rosa & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of sociocultural psychology (pp. 178-204). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
   
Type Book chapter (English)
Year 2018
Editor Alberto Rosa, Jaan Valsiner
Book title Cambridge Handbook of sociocultural psychology
Publisher Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK)
Pages 178-204
URL https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316662229.011
Related project Imagination