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Human Development in Cultural Context
A Third World Perspective



August 2012 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A comprehensive, systematic account of human development which is sensitive to the needs, interests and ecologies of nonwestern cultures and individuals is provided in this unique volume. The importance and value of the sociocultural milieu in shaping the growth and development of children is emphasized, and the author asserts throughout that children do not grow and develop according to the same patterns regardless of culture.

The author describes developmental psychology from the perspective of West Africa, demonstrating how the local ecology and the resulting cultural ideology lead to differing ways in which children are conceptualized and socialized, and in turn how they develop. While much of his case material is from Cameroon, Nsamenang draws parallels with other parts of the Third World. The result is a perspective which challenges the traditional wisdom of what Nsamenang sees as a Eurocentric area of study, where knowledge has largely been gleaned from studies which focus on affluent offspring of highly-educated, mainly white, parents.

Michael Lamb
Foreword
 
PART ONE: CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
 
Introduction
Background, Challenges and Perspectives

 
 
The Bioecology of Human Development
 
PART TWO: DEVELOPMENTAL ROOTS
 
Brief Perspective on West Africa's Geography
 
Developmental Roots
The West African

 
 
PART THREE: THE TRIPLE HERITAGE
 
Historical Roots
(West) Africa's Heritage

 
 
Historical Roots
Continuity and Discontinuity in West African Reproductive Ideas and Status Roles

 
 
Childhood and Human Development in West African Cultures
 
PART FOUR: THE ECOCULTURAL FRAMEWORK
 
Conceptualizing Developmental Research in Ecocultural Context
 
Cross-Cultural Developmental Psychology
 
Thoughts on Developmental Research in the Third World
 
Concluding Statement

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