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Cultural Organization of Pregnancy and Infancy
Cultural organization of pregnancy and infancy

Cultural development of human beings in ontogeny begins long before the baby is born. All the psychological transformation of the adults (who are in the process of becoming parents of the child to be born) is collective-culturally guided. Such guidance is embedded in the texture of most ordinary everyday activities in which the persons involved participate. Belief orientations - encoded in signs - are linked with some of the parts of these mundane processes, and masked as necessities for the activities themselves. In this respect, the cultural nature of life course transitions is inherent in these transitions. Pregnancy is a good example: in its course, the cultural orientation of the adults becomes masked as ...

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