Cultural and Critical Perspectives on Human Development

Edited by Martin J. Packer & Mark B. Tappan

Subjects: Educational Psychology
Paperback : 9780791451809, 306 pages, October 2001
Hardcover : 9780791451793, 306 pages, October 2001

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Table of contents


Chapter 1 Introduction
Martin J. Packer
Mark B. Tappan

I. Culture as the Ground for a Form of Life

Chapter 2 A Utopian Methodology as a Tool for Cultural and Critical Psychologies: Toward a Positive Critical Theory
Katherine Brown
Michael Cole

Chapter 3 The Return of the “White Man's Burden”: The Encounter between the Moral Discourse of Anthropology and the Domestic Life of Oriya Women
Usha Menon
Richard A. Shweder

Chapter 4 Changing Classes: Shifting the Trajectory of Development in School
Martin J. Packer

II. Culture as the Operation of Power

Chapter 5 Critical Inquiry and Children in Day Care
Robin L. Leavitt

Chapter 6 Engendering Subjects: A Foucauldian Analysis of Developmental Gender Differences
Elizabeth Debold

III. Culture as the Circulation of Semiotic Forms

Chapter 7 Exploring the Felt Pathways of the Self: From Experience to Meaning-Making in Children, K-5
Linda J. Rogers

Chapter 8 Adolescent Girls, Class, and the Cultures of Femininity
Lyn Mikel Brown

Chapter 9 The Cultural Reproduction of Masculinity: A Critical Perspective on Boys' Development
Mark B. Tappan

Chapter 10 “Dead Poets Society”: Deconstructing Surveillance Pedagogy
Peter McLaren
Zeus Leonardo

List of Contributors


An array of exciting new studies of child and adolescent development phenomena.


Unique in its attention to both cultural and critical perspectives, this book contributes strongly to the advance of developmental psychology beyond the cognitive-developmental paradigm that has defined the field for the past quarter century. It provides insights from critical pedagogy, cultural psychology, feminism, postmodernism, critical theory, and semiotics and offers new perspectives into the lived experiences of children, adolescents, and adults in the contemporary world.

Martin J. Packer is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, and the coeditor of Entering the Circle: Hermeneutic Investigation in Psychology, also published by SUNY Press. Mark B. Tappan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Education and Human Development Program at Colby College, and the coeditor (with Martin J. Packer) of Narrative and Storytelling: Implications for Understanding Moral Development.