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:
How do we Create Knowledge about Cultural Human Development?
Two central themes dominate this book, framing the specific issues discussed. First is the claim that human psychological functions - once these emerge in development - are cultural in their nature. Secondly, the topic that human psychological development is culturally guided and personally constructed is central to this book. The latter idea is at times expressed by the label co-construction: personal development of psychological functions is at the same time a construction process by the person, and it is directed by the person's social world. In the latter, various other persons, social institutions, ideological systems etc. are setting up directions for the personal construction of psychological functions to take place. Yet the social world cannot determine ...