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Attachment histories and futures: reply to Vicedo’s ‘Putting attachment in its place’

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Duschinsky, RN 
van IJzendoorn, Marinus 
Foster, Sarah 
Reijman, Sophie 
Lionetti, Francesca 


For Vicedo, ‘putting attachment in its place’ seems to entail two aspects. The first is working to understand the rise of attachment theory and its place within the history of knowledge practices. The second is to criticize the validity of attachment theory. In this reply, we appraise three criti- cisms made by Vicedo of attachment theory, chosen as points for 15 sustaining a dialogue. Our main point in this reply is that, in excluding the work of attachment researchers after Ainsworth from consideration, Vicedo’s work is not yet able to properly ‘put attachment in its place’, in either sense of the phrase. At most, she puts Bowlby in the 1950s–1960s in his place, but without speaking effectively to subsequent attachment 20 research. In our view, not just the validity, but the very meaning of attachment as a scientific research programme cannot be understood outside of its temporal context, and the relationship this entails between theory and research, past and future.



52 Psychology, 5205 Social and Personality Psychology, 5201 Applied and Developmental Psychology

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European Journal of Developmental Psychology

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Taylor & Francis
Wellcome Trust (103343/Z/13/A)
Wellcome Trust - WT103343MA