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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:

Structure and Dynamics of Family/Kinship Groups, and Marriage Forms
Structure and dynamics of family/kinship groups, and marriage forms

Human development is always embedded in some social group context. This ranges from the minimal (mother and child) to the maximum case of collective institutions of infinite membership (for example, ‘society’). Between these two extremes is a great variety of social groups that differ from one society to another. These groups take different forms within the same society at different historical periods - largely mediated by changing economic conditions. A person may be simultaneously a member of various groups. These groups are in between the person and'society as a whole’. They mediate the person's relationship with the otherwise indeterminate abstraction ‘the society’.

There is nothing extraordinary about these mediating ...

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