The Cultural Nature of Human Development

Hardcover | January 15, 2003

byBarbara Rogoff

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Three-year-old Kwara'ae children in Oceania act as caregivers of their younger siblings, but in the UK, it is an offense to leave a child under age 14 ears without adult supervision. In the Efe community in Zaire, infants routinely use machetes with safety and some skill, although U.S.middle-class adults often do not trust young children with knives. What explains these marked differences in the capabilities of these children? Until recently, traditional understandings of human development held that a child's development is universal and that children have characteristics and skills that develop independently of cultural processes. Barbara Rogoff argues, however, that human development must be understood as a culturalprocess, not simply a biological or psychological one. Individuals develop as members of a community, and their development can only be fully understood by examining the practices and circumstances of their communities.

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Three-year-old Kwara'ae children in Oceania act as caregivers of their younger siblings, but in the UK, it is an offense to leave a child under age 14 ears without adult supervision. In the Efe community in Zaire, infants routinely use machetes with safety and some skill, although U.S.middle-class adults often do not trust young childr...

Barbara Rogoff is at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195131339

ISBN - 13:9780195131338

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Table of Contents

1. Orienting Concepts and Ways of Understanding the Cultural Nature of Human Development2. Development as Transformation of Participation in Cultural Activities3. Individuals, Generations, and Dynamic Cultural Communities4. Child Rearing in Families and Communities5. Developmental Transitions in Individuals' Roles in Their Communities6. Interdependence and Autonomy7. Thinking with the Tools and Institutions of Culture8. Learning through Guided Participation in Cultural Endeavors9. Cultural Change and Relations among CommunitiesReferencesCreditsIndex

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"This book functions at two levels, with both effectively coordinated with one another: a rare achievement. On the one hand, it takes up - and presents in a new light - topics of concern to anyone interested in developmental questions... On the other, it takes up - and again presents in a newlight - topics that have more been the explicit concern of scholars interested in cultural perspectives." Human Development