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Children’s Social Worlds in Cultural Context

Editors: Tulviste, Tiia, Best, Deborah L., Gibbons, Judith L. (Eds.)

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  • Examines social competencies in early childhood from a cultural perspective
  • Focuses on preschoolers’ social competencies, including how to communicate, understand emotions of other people, and behave prosocially across various situations
  • Discusses how the variability in social worlds shapes children’s competencies
  • Addresses societal and educational challenges triggered by rapidly increased migration around the world
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This book addresses cultural variability in children’s social worlds, examining the acquisition, development, and use of culturally relevant social competencies valued in diverse cultural contexts. It discusses the different aspects of preschoolers’ social competencies that allow children – including adopted, immigrant, or at-risk children – to create and maintain relationships, communicate, and to get along with other people at home, in daycare or school, and other situations. Chapters explore how children’s social competencies reflect the features of the social worlds in which they live and grow. In addition, chapters examine the extent that different cultural value orientations manifest in children’s social functioning and escribes how parents in autonomy-oriented cultures tend to value different social skills than parents with relatedness or autonomous-relatedness orientations. The book concludes with recommendations for future research directions.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • Gender development in young children.
  • Peer interactions and relationships during the preschool years.
  • Sibling interactions in western and non-western cultural groups.
  • The roles of grandparents in child development.
  • Socialization and development in refugee children.
  • Child development within institutional care.

Children’s Social Worlds in Cultural Context is a valuable resource for researchers, clinicians/practitioners, and graduate students in developmental psychology, child and school psychology, social work, cultural anthropology, family studies, and education.

About the authors

Tiia Tulviste, Ph.D., is a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In her research on child cognitive and social development, she has paid special attention to the developmental contexts in which children grow. At the beginning of her scientific career, Dr. Tulviste was involved in studies trying to detect the role of schooling in the development of verbal thinking by comparing thinking processes of adults with and without school education in Soviet Central Asia and in West Siberia. During recent decades, she has been interested in the question to what extent changes in developmental context (e.g., return to the Western world in Estonia) reflect changes in cultural meanings and practices of child socialization as well as their effects over time on child development and adjustment. Dr. Tulviste has acted as project leader in several comparative research projects related to child socialization and development dealing with cultures around the Baltic Sea, such as Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Germany, and Sweden, as well as the U.S.A. She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters in this field. She is the former president of Estonian Union of Psychologists and is a member of the editorial board of the European Psychologist, International Journal of Behavioural Development (1998-2002), and Estonian Papers in Applied Linguistics.

Deborah L. Best, Ph.D., is the William L. Poteat Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, USA, where she previously served as Chair of the Psychology Department and was the first woman to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is active in the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology as an Honorary Fellow, President (2000-2002), and Treasurer (1988-1997), and in the Society for Cross-Cultural Research as President (2011-2012). She has served as Associate Editor (1996-2012) and Editor (2012 to present) of the flagship journal of IACCP, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. She has written and edited five books as well as numerous book chapters and research articles; her work includes landmark studies of gender stereotypes in 30 nations. Her research has focused on children’s cognitive and social development, primarily examining gender-related concepts among young children in the United States and other countries.

Judith L. Gibbons, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Saint Louis University, USA. She is the founding editor of the American Psychological Association Division 52 journal, International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, former president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP),  a former Fulbright scholar at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Her research includes the study of the development of adolescents, especially girls and at-risk youth, in the majority world, intercountry adoption, and gender roles. With many collaborators, local and international, she has published numerous journal articles on those topics. She has written or edited three books including The Thoughts of Youth: An International Perspective on Adolescents’ Ideal Persons,  Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes, and Women’s Evolving Lives: Global and Psychosocial Perspectives.


Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • An Introduction to the Role of Culture in Children’s Social World

    Pages 1-5

    Tulviste, Tiia (et al.)

  • Children’s Social Development: Developing Selves and Expanding Social Worlds

    Pages 9-21

    Tõugu, Pirko

  • Children’s Management of Attention as Cultural Practice

    Pages 23-39

    Arauz, Rebeca Mejía (et al.)

  • Culture, Communication and Socio-cognitive Development: Understanding the Minds of Others

    Pages 41-54

    Taumoepeau, Mele

  • Emotional Development: Cultural Influences on Young Children’s Emotional Competence

    Pages 55-73

    Capobianco, Nicole B. (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27033-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 116,04 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27032-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Children’s Social Worlds in Cultural Context
Editors
  • Tiia Tulviste
  • Deborah L. Best
  • Judith L. Gibbons
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27033-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27033-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27032-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 243
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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