"This book is absolutely refreshing and revolutionary
. I applaud the breadth of human experiences that Barbara Rogoff draws on to document the range of variation as well as the limits of human developmental trajectories. I know of no other work that has accomplished what Rogoff has in this book. I have underlined so much that the book reeks of magic marker colors. It is a brave effort on her part and one that is sorely needed in the field. Rogoff clearly breaks new ground here."
--Carol D. Lee
, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
"This book convincingly demonstrates for the first time how developmental studies can go beyond an ethnocentric view of human beings. Drawing on impressive examples from Asia and Africa, as well as from minorities in the U.S., Rogoff offers a number of advanced theoretical concepts regarding the cultural nature of human development. The carefully chosen and arranged photos make this book as appealing to look at as it is enjoyable to read
, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and
Cognitive Science, University of the Air, Japan
"The Cultural Nature of Human Development
is a significant contribution
. It encourages us to think in fresh ways about both regularity and variation in individuals and the cultural groups of which they are a part. By focusing on the way people participate in the cultural practices of their communities, this work moves us beyond the tendency to conflate culture with racial or ethnic identity. It provides a more productive way to understand how issues of ethnicity, nationality, and language are necessarily involved in the histories of individuals and the cultural practices of their communities. These are conversations that should be part of scholarly work and study across disciplines, including education."
--Kris D. Gutierrez
, Ph.D., Professor, Graduate School of
Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
"Barbara Rogoff's book is fresh, engaging, and challenging: must-see material
for all in-terested in the way development unfolds in social contexts."
--Jacqueline J. Goodnow
, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University, Australia
"This book is essential reading
for any psychologist, but particularly for anyone concerned with the role of culture in the process of human development. Barbara Rogoff has done the field a great service by writing an account of the role of culture in development that will be of equal interest to undergraduates, graduate students, and professional in the field."
, Ph.D., University Professor of Communication and Psychology,
Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego