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:
Chapter 2: The Developmental Approach
The Developmental Approach
The philosophical bases outlined in Chapter 1 set the stage for a look at the developmental perspective in science. This perspective is shared by developmental biology and psychology, and could be equally viable if disciplines like developmental cultural anthropology or developmental sociology existed. It is an interesting feature of the history of the social sciences that they do not - and probably the existence of developmental psychology within psychology is a coincidence. It is often the case that the term ‘developmental’ in psychology is used as a synonym for child psychology. Yet child psychology need not be developmental in its orientation. For example, the study of infants, or adolescents, can be devoted to their ways of being - their existing ...