The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture

The aim of this handbook is to provide an in-depth and comprehensive synopsis of theory and research on human development, with every chapter drawing together findings from cultures around the world. This includes a focus on cultural change and globalization. The handbook covers the life course from the prenatal period and birth to old age and death. Chapters are written by experts who collectively represent disciplines such as anthropology, education, human development, family studies, neuroscience, psychology, and sociology.  The 43 chapters showcase the burgeoning interdisciplinary approach that bridges universal and cultural perspectives on human development. This bridging of universal and cultural perspectives fits with today’s need for a new philosophy of inquiry into the human condition. One-size-fits-all theories, such as those popular in the social sciences of the 20th century, are often too broad and too biased to adequately capture the complexities of human selves and relations across diverse and changing cultures. On the other hand, one-for-every-culture raises the specter of theoretical pandemonium. In my view, the challenge and opportunity that we face today is one of conducting research and conceptualizing theories that are cultural-developmental in nature. We need scholarship that is multifaceted, flexible, and dynamic in order to stay in step with the cultural and global realities of human development in the 21st century.



About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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