This collection of essays brings together every major stream of scholarship and theoretical orientation in contemporary psychology, written by a galaxy of prominent names in their fields. The essays cover cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, cultural anthropology, evolutionary psychology and indigenous psychology, and address problems arising out of the application of psychological theories to practice. In his introduction, the editor summarizes the essential features of every position, arguing that it is both possible and desirable to promote meaningful interfaces between them, leading to a holistic perspective on human development.The volume is split into two sections: the first contains theoretical perspectives with some reference to methodological issues. The second deals with research on topics with which the authors have been associated for many years now. In many cases, the contents of the book draws upon and takes forward work the authors have been doing for a long time; in others, new ideas and insights have been introduced. Collectively, the research covers a large portion of the world and provides excellent cross-cultural perspectives, backed at many places by strong empirical data.
Introduction - T S SaraswathiPART ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVESEcocultural Perspectives on Human Psychological Development - John W BerryWanted - Lutz H EckensbergerA Contextualized Psychology: Plea for a Cultural Psychology Based on Action TheoryOntogeny as the Interface between Biology and Culture - Heidi KellerEvolutionary ConsiderationsTheoretical Framework in Cross-Cultural Developmental Psychology - Pierre R DasenAn Attempt at IntegrationHuman Development across Culture - Cigdem KagitcibasiA Contextual-Functional Analysis and Implication for InterventionPART TWO: RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONSConceptualizing Human Development and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Interface of Indigenous and Exogenous Influences - A Bame NsamenangModernization and Change in Adolescent Social Life - Alice SchlegelAdolescence without Family Disengagement - Reed Larson et alThe Daily Family Life of Indian Middle Class TeenagersFrom Research Projects to Nationwide Programme - Sevda BekmanThe Mother-Child Education Programme of TurkeyCounting on Everyday Mathematics - Anita RampalCurrent Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education - Lilian G Katz