Cultural Approaches to Parenting

Cultural Approaches to Parenting

Cultural Approaches to Parenting

Cultural Approaches to Parenting

Synopsis

This volume is concerned with elucidating similarities and differences in enculturation processes that help to account for the ways in which individuals in different cultures develop. Each chapter reviews a substantive parenting topic, describes the relevant cultures (in psychological ethnography, rather than from an anthropological stance), reports on the parenting-in-culture results, and discusses the significance of cross-cultural investigation for understanding the parenting issue of interest. Specific areas of study include environment and interactive style, responsiveness, activity patterns, distributions of social involvement with children, structural patterns of interaction, and development of the social self. Through exposure to a wide range of diverse research methods, readers will gain a deeper appreciation of the problems, procedures, possibilities, and profits associated with a truly comparative approach to understanding human growth and development.

Excerpt

Contemporary psychology is increasingly diversified, pluralistic, and specialized, and most psychologists venture beyond the confines of their substantive specialty only rarely. Yet psychologists with different specialties encounter similar problems, ask similar questions, and share similar concerns. Unfortunately, there are today very few arenas available to the expression or exploration of what is common across psychological subdisciplines. The Crosscurrents in Contemporary Psychology series is intended to serve as such a forum.

The chief aim of this series is to provide integrated perspectives on supradisciplinary themes in psychology. The first volume in the series was devoted to a consideration of Psychological Development from Infancy; the second volume to Comparative Methods in Psychology; volumes three, four, and five examined relations between Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences; volume six concerned itself with Sensitive Periods in Development; and volume seven focused on Interaction in Human Development. The present volume is Cultural Approaches to Parenting. Future volumes in this series will be devoted to the segmentation of behavior and the role of the nonnormal in understanding the normal.

Each volume in this series treats a different issue and is self-contained, yet the series as a whole endeavors to interrelate psychological subdisciplines by bringing shared perspectives to bear on a variety of concerns common to psychological theory and research. As a consequence of this structure and the flexibility and scope it affords, volumes in the Crosscurrents in Contemporary Psychology series will appeal, individually or as a group, to scientists with diverse interests. Reflecting the nature and intent of this series, contributing authors are drawn from a broad spectrum of humanities and sciences--anthropology to zoology---but repre-

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