Internalized Interaction: The Specular Development of Language and the Symbolic Order
40 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2007 Last revised: 24 Dec 2007
Date Written: 2007
This paper expounds a symbolic interactionist theory of consciousness as an emergent phenomenon. It relates Michael Arbib's theory of the origin of language and Erving Goffman's frame analysis, especially as it bears on our understanding of the subject and of personal experience. Reflexivity and fictional mimesis are shown to be inherent to the origin of language and to the continuing emergent creativity of human communicative action. The emergent aspect of consciousness is also dealt with from the perspective of a narrative theory of subjective experience and of human temporality which can usefully complement and relate Arbib's and Goffman's views.
Keywords: Subject, Consciousness, Interaction, Communication, Language, Psychology, Frames, Arbib, Goffman, Reflexivity, Representation
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