Once the child has survived the most vulnerable first year of life, the collective-cultural system slowly guides him or her in the direction of a gender-appropriate self-development trajectory. Aside from the usually assumed two trajectories - male and female - there are numerous intermediate versions of gendered self-constructions at the personal-cultural level of parents. This multiplicity is reduced by the collective-cultural two-part (male < >female) or three-part (male < > uncertain < >female) classifications. The social world of adults is oriented towards guidance of individuals into the two (or three) channels of self-development. The individuals nevertheless create their own personal developmental trajectory, precisely with the help of the propensity towards persistent imitation (see Baldwin, in Chapter 3). It is through ...
Early Childhood Development
Early childhood development