Possession and morality in early development.

  title={Possession and morality in early development.},
  author={Philippe Rochat},
  journal={New directions for child and adolescent development},
  volume={2011 132},
From the moment children say "mine!" by two years of age, objects of possession change progressively from being experienced as primarily unalienable property (i.e., something that is absolute or nonnegotiable), to being alienable (i.e., something that is negotiable in reciprocal exchanges). As possession begins to be experienced as alienable, the child enters "moral space," a socially normative and evaluative space made of perceived values that are either good or less good, and where… CONTINUE READING