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:
Entering the World of Activities - Culturally Ruled
Human ontogeny is remarkably slow - in comparison with any other species. It is also relatively well buffered against temporary guidance by environmental features in non-correctable directions. The developing human being is both open and resistant to re-directions - already at the biological level.
Cultural direction of activities is central to middle childhood and adolescence. There are numerous possibilities for collective-cultural direction of children's experiences. Middle childhood is a crucial period for working out specific relationships that developing children are establishing with the life contexts of the adults. These relations can vary on the basis of adults’ symbolic construction of limits for children's entrance into their worlds. Different aspects of everyday ...