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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:

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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