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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:

Newborn and Infant Development: The Cultural-Ecological Niche and its Social Functions
Newborn and infant development: The cultural-ecological niche and its social functions

The arrival of the newborn in the physical world shared with his or her kinship group does not automatically equate with the arrival in the sociocultural world. That latter arrival can be denied on collective-cultural grounds (as in the case of socially accepted or prescribed infanticide), or delayed until the child proves itself to be viable. The ‘cultural birth’ of the baby may take place either before actual delivery (as in the case of people who believe that babies are babies from conception onwards), or even years after the child has been around, as an infant, toddler or small child.

All this sociocultural organization of ...

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