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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:

Stability and Flow in Human Experience: Philosophical Preliminaries
Stability and flow in human experience: Philosophical preliminaries

Strange how people are under the impression that making a bed is exactly the same thing as making a bed, that to shake hands is always the same as shaking hands, that opening a can of sardines is to open the same can of sardines ad infinitum.

Julio Cortazar (1967, p. 248)

All human life is constantly novel as long as it lasts. There is no repetition of the same experience - each new occasion of making a bed, shaking hands, or opening a can is a qualitatively new event - even if it is similar to some previous, analogical, event. Yet, at the same time, we all live a relatively stable life. ...

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