Chapter 13 in Salvatore, S., Valsiner, J., Travers-Simon, J., Gennaro, A.,(eds.) Yearbook of Idiographic Science III, 277-284
My concern in this commentary is the discrepancy between cultural psychologists’ theoretical claims that meanings are co-constructed by, with and for individuals in ongoing social interaction, and their research practices where researcher’s and research participant’s meaning-making processes are separated in time into sequential turns. I argue for the need to live up to these theoretical assumptions, by making both the initial research encounter and the researcher’s later interpretation process more co-constructive. I suggest making the initial research encounter more co-constructive by paying attention to these moments when the negotiated flow of interaction between researcher and research participant breaks down, for it allows the research participant’s meaning-making to be traced and makes the researcher’s efforts towards meaning more explicit. I propose to make the later interpretation process more co-constructive by adopting a more open-ended and dialogical way of writing that is specifically addressed to research participants and invites them to actively engage with researcher’s meaning-making.