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This major new textbook by Jaan Valsiner focuses on the interface between cultural psychology and developmental psychology. Intended for students from undergraduate level upwards, the book provides a wide-ranging overview of the cultural perspective on human development, with illustrations from pre-natal development to adulthood. A key feature is the broad coverage of theoretical and methodological issues which have relevance to this truly interdisciplinary field of enquiry encompassing developmental psychology, cultural anthropology and comparative sociology. The text is organized into five coherent parts: Part 1: Developmental theory and methodology; Part 2: Analysis of environments for human development Part 3:

Analysis of Environments for Human Development
Analysis of environments for human development

As I outlined in Part One, developmental cultural psychology is a clearly theoretically and philosophically based scientific discipline. It deals with complex, dynamic phenomena of human construction. These complex phenomena exist due to their relations with their contexts. The rest of our book will include elaborations of human development in relations with cultural contexts.

The core of our coverage is the understanding that both persons and contexts are culturally constituted. They are interdependent with each other: persons can exist as they always live within their contexts; and contexts exist because they are constructed by persons. The cultural nature of human psychology specifies the meaningful nature of both persons-in-contexts and contexts- as-created by persons. In this ...

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