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Early Childhood Development
Early childhood development

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 ...

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