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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:

Personal Participation and its Socio-Institutional Guidance
Personal participation and its socio-institutional guidance

Part of the joy of having children is to be able to send them on errands. What I look for in my own children is that they should be able to work. When a child can carry things like a gourd of palm wine with appropriate care, bring a day's supply of yams for the family or a day's support of firewood from the farm, then the child is old enough.

(A Yoruba parent's reflection; from Adeokun, 1983, p. 135)

How are distinctions made of children of different levels of psychological development? The usual categorization in occidental child psychology uses the age - denoted by birthday - to create age sets of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds etc. Or, ...

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