Comparative-cultural and Constructivist Perspectives, Volume 3

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Jaan Valsiner
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Psychology - 306 pages
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Using a comparative-cultural perspective, this collection of essays examines the co-constructivist nature of human development in culturally organized environments. The contributions also cover a large age span--infancy to adulthood. Chapters in part 1 cover two different directions in the study of early adult-infant interaction from a comparative cultural perspective. Chapters in part 2 are devoted to child socialization in the cultural-ecological contexts of Southern Italy and India. Chapters in part 3 examine the co-construction of self in adolescence. Chapters in part 4 provide a cross-cultural analysis of the meaning of intelligence or "intellectual competence." Following an introduction to the comparative-cultural perspective (Valsiner), the chapter titles are: (1) "The Study of Early Interaction in a Contextual Perspective: Culture, Communication, and Eye Contact" (Scholmerich and others); (2) "Transformation and Construction in Social Interaction: A New Perspective on Analysis of the Mother-Infant Dyad" (Lyra and Rossetti-Ferreira); (3) "'Amoral Familism' and Child Development: Edward Banfield and the Understanding of Child Socialization in Southern Italy" (Benigni and Valsiner); (4) "Childrearing Practices Relevant for the Growth of Dependency and Competence in Children" (Sinha); (5) "Transformation of Women's Social Roles in India" (Verma); (6) "A Co-Constructivist Perspective of Life-Course Changes among Havik Brahmins in a South India Village (Ullrich); (7) "Culture and Self-Concept among Adolescents with Bicultural Parentage: A Social Constructionist Approach" (Minoura); (8) "Persons' Conception of Human Nature: A Cross-Cultural Comparison" (Oerter); (9) "The Meaning of Intellectual Competence: Views from a 'Favela'" (Oliveira); and (10) "Cultural and Environmental Influences in the Acquisition of Concepts of Intellectual Competence" (Keats). An epilogue, "Comparative-Cultural Co-Constructionism and its Discontents (Valsiner) examines some of the difficulties inherent in the comparative-cultural co-constructionist perspective. Each section begins with an editorial introduction, and each chapter includes references. (HTH)

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The study of early interaction in a contextual perspective Culture communication and eye contact
Transformation and construction in social interaction A new perspective on analysis of the motherinfant dyad
Cultural organization of the life course Insights into the process of socialization
Amoral familism and child development Edward Banfield and the understanding of child socialization in Southern Italy
Childrearing practices relevant for the growth of dependency and competence in children
Transformation of womens social roles in India
A coconstructivist perspective of life course changes among Havik Brahmins in a South India village
Coconstruction of self in adolescence
Persons conception of human nature A crosscultural comparison
Cultural organization of intellectual competence
The meaning of intellectual competence views from a favela
Cultural and environmental influences in the acquisition of concepts of intellectual competence
Comparativecultural coconstructionism and its discontents
Author Index
Subject Index

Culture and selfconcept among adolescents with bicultural parentage A social constructionist approach

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