a socially algebraic question

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luulyxanh

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"This chapter encourages the reader to more fully understand the SOCIALLY ALGEBRAIC QUESTION associated with perspective taking." What does "socially algebraic question" refer to in this sentence?
 
  • Cagey

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    We certainly need much more Context and Background to answer this question. What is the subject of the book? What does the first paragraph talk about? And so on.

    Last, but not least, please name the source of the quotation.
     

    johnydynamic

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    "This chapter encourages the reader to more fully understand the SOCIALLY ALGEBRAIC QUESTION associated with perspective taking." What does "socially algebraic question" refer to in this sentence?
    Googling that phrase returns 3 hits, and they are all your question in this forum. Playing with variations, e.g. "social algebra" reveals that it is some sort of concept related to autism. It would, therefore, require an expert in that field to answer your question, the answer to which would be beyond the scope of this forum (in my opinion).
     

    luulyxanh

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    Sorry for forgetting to quote the source. It's from a book entitled "Thinking about you, thinking about me" by Michelle Gacia Winner. The book is about autistic children and that sentence belongs to a summary paragraph in a chapter of the book.
     

    Cagey

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    In any thread, you are allowed to quote up to four sentences, total, from a single source. Please give us the three sentences following the one you have quoted, or whichever three sentences you think might be most helpful.

    Possibly we won't be able to help, but we may be able to if we have more information. To start:

    Perspective taking refers to a person's ability to understand that other people have feelings different from their own, to imagine what those feeling might be. This, of course, is especially difficult for autistic children.

    Social algebra as the kind of calculations we make when we work out how to get along well with other people, and to know whether we have succeeded. That is, "social algebra" is the kind of thinking we do in "perspective taking".

    What is not clear to me is what "the socially algebraic question" would be. It seems to refer to a specific aspect of social understanding related to perspective taking, presumably one that is difficult for autistic children. This is where the other sentences might be helpful.

    (Ref. "Selman's Five Stages of Perspective Taking" on everything2.com.)
     
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