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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to PsychologyNew Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy$
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Lene Arnett Jensen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.001.0001

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Merging Cultural and Psychological Accounts of Family Contexts

Merging Cultural and Psychological Accounts of Family Contexts

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(p.73) Chapter 4 Merging Cultural and Psychological Accounts of Family Contexts
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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology
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Jacqueline J. Goodnow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.003.0004

This chapter aims at integrating psychological and cultural analyses of families with their impact. It does so by first focusing on shared ways of specifying the contexts that families provide. Three main ways are identified. These are descriptions in terms of activities and practices, the presence of shared and unshared views, and the nature of interconnections among people and among situations. These views of contexts are then linked to policies that aim at changing contexts, changing people, or changing the skills and knowledge that people bring to various contexts: changing especially their understanding of transitions, pathways, the role of the state, and the cultural models they are likely to encounter.

Keywords:   family contexts, practices, cultural models, changing contexts, changing people

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