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The Cultural Nature of Human Development Hardcover – February 13, 2003

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" Barbara Rogoff's new book is an excellent compilation of the last three or four decades of work by anthropologists and human developmentalists who study the cultural processes inherent in human development. ... highly recommended for scholars of human development and their advanced students." --Anthropology & Education Quarterly


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"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."
--Giyoo Hatano, 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."
--Michael Cole, Ph.D., University Professor of Communication and Psychology,
Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (February 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195131339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195131338
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New: You can see my TEDx talk on children learning to collaborate, at "Barbara Rogoff Publications," on a public site on Facebook. That site also shows updates and my watercolor paintings, photos, and reviews connected with my book "Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town."

Also, you can view the 6-minute YouTube that I made using historic photos and film connected with "Developing Destinies" -- just look up "Developing Destinies."

The photo on this Author Page is of the celebrated midwife, Chona Pérez (in the middle), with me (on the right), and my friend Marta Navichoc, at the formal presentation of the new book "Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town." [photo copyright Domingo Yojcom Chavajay, 2011.] Chona turned 90 years old recently.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen Watson on December 28, 2012
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I used this book during my graduate program and still use this book today! I found it VERY helpful in the study of human development and would recommend this book to anyone studying child development!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Turner on May 21, 2013
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We cannot understand the structure and organization of an adult human brain if we cannot account for how it developed. This beautifully written summary of a vast amount of developmental ethnography demonstrates the great diversity of human development, embedded as it is in specific cultural practices. This book should be the springboard for a host of human cognitive and neuroanthropological studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yvette on October 21, 2012
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Great book! Very interesting and full of rich information. We read this for homework every week and it has always kept me interested. The author has rich descriptive example of what she is talking about which is extremely helpful! It is also easy to read and understand.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reginald Williams on February 4, 2006
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Rogoff's acclaimed concepts about how human development and culture naturally intertwine unfold in a highly intricate matter within this text.

Like Jerome Bruner, her prose can overpopulate itself with too many techy terms for the average educator; however, if you can push through the woods of her thick style, you will uncover many truths about culture.

As she puts forth, culture springs from the natural progression of social history and interaction. Each culture possesses its own scripts and nuances on what exists as "typical" development.

I invite anyone to delve into her mind.
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This book has many interesting examples of how adults view children totally differently all over the world. What my culture considers appropriate and good for children may be considered abuse by another culture, and vice versa. I was fascinated by the diversity of culture around child-rearing. It made me question some of my culture's assumptions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lucy on December 24, 2011
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I have this for a text book but it such a great read... I love when teachers use books that are not classic text books. This book was great to read and very well balanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By un petite Ubu on October 6, 2014
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significant correction to narrow biological thinking about human behavior, psychology and psychiatry
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By Jodi Anderson on August 31, 2013
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This book was a great tool in helping me to explain what life is like for those with Autism and related conditions.
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