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Norway: ‘Danning’ and the Infant – Local Conditions for the Early Formation as Persons

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This chapter elaborates on societal and cultural conditions and includes material and geographical environments for infants living their lives in Norway. Major life arenas for an infant include family relationships on a personal level, such as with the mother or father, as well as on a systemic level, such as being born in a welfare state with a child healthcare system, conditions for early responsibilities for father- or motherhood and, later, pedagogical institutions, their mandate, curriculum and practice, all of which have political, cultural and personal aspects attached to infants’ lives. An infant, seen in the light of the Norwegian concept of ‘danning’, embodies infant agency with the potential to change families and kindergartens. The infant is further on considered a human biosocial person, at the same time nested in the family, which is embedded in a wider sociocultural community and local landscapes and weather worlds. Narratives about and with infants are spun into becoming reality in the sense that narratives told become memory. Sensitivity (or lack thereof) and possibilities (or lack thereof) for emotional and physiological care lay the foundations for health, psychosocial and cultural attachment and cognitive and bodily concepts and habits.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway

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