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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:

Adolescence: Moving Through into Adulthood
Adolescence: Moving through into adulthood

In the progression from childhood into adulthood, the period of active biological growth spurt puberty - indicates a developmental period that is for all intents and purposes a crucial arena for cultural organization. Social institutions of various kinds share the interest in guiding the developing children into their specific social roles of adulthood. The elders - the keepers of the (often) secret wisdom of the tribes - would expect the young adults to accept their leadership in expertise. The formal political institutions would attempt to guide adolescents into the roles of law-abiding citizens. If the latter entails participation in the political system through the form of participatory democracy, the children are guided towards acceptance of the ...

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