Introduction

 

 

 

Chapters in this selection are united by the view that child development is a cultural process, in two senses. Firstly, children's development is cultural, in so far as they inhabit an environment constructed through centuries of human endeavour, and they are encouraged to participate in culturally defined ways of talking, behaving, thinking and feeling, mediated through their relationships with other, generally more experienced cultural actors. Secondly, ‘Child Development’ is itself culturally constructed. As a body of theoretical knowledge and research descriptions, Child Development reflects a minority of world childhoods, based mainly on North American and European children as studied from the perspective of North American ...

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