Cultural Transmission: Psychological, Developmental, Social, and Methodological Aspects

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Cultural Transmission covers psychological, developmental, social, and methodological research on how cultural information is socially transmitted from one generation to the next within families. Studying processes of cultural transmission may help analyze the continuity or change of cultures, including those that have to cope with migration or the collapse of a political system. An evolutionary perspective is elaborated in the first part of the book; the second takes a cross-cultural perspective by presenting international research on development and intergenerational relations in the family; the third provides intra-cultural analyses of mechanisms and methodological aspects of cultural transmission. Made up of contributions by experts in the field, this state-of-the-art source book is intended for anyone with interests in cultural issues - especially researchers and teachers in disciplines such as psychology, social and behavioral sciences, and education - and for applied professionals in culture management and family counseling, as well as professionals dealing with migrants.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Contributorsp. xv
Introduction to Cultural Transmission: Psychological, Developmental, Social, and Methodological Aspectsp. 1
Theory and Research in Cultural Transmission: A Short Historyp. 9
Evolutionary Perspective
Cultural Transmission: A View from Chimpanzees and Human Infantsp. 33
Transmission, Self-Organization, and the Emergence of Language: A Dynamic Systems Point of Viewp. 48
Relationship-Specific Intergenerational Family Ties: An Evolutionary Approach to the Structure of Cultural Transmissionp. 70
Cross-Cultural Perspective
An Ecocultural Perspective on Cultural Transmission: The Family across Culturesp. 95
Intergenerational Relations and Cultural Transmissionp. 126
Intergenerational Transmission, Social Capital, and Interethnic Contact in Immigrant Familiesp. 161
Developmental Processes Related to Intergenerational Transmission of Culture: Growing Up with Two Culturesp. 185
The Transmission Process: Mechanisms and Contextsp. 212
Accounting for Parent-Child Value Congruence: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Evidencep. 240
Culture, Migration, and Family-Value Socialization: A Theoretical Model and Empirical Investigation with Russian-Immigrant Youth in Israelp. 269
Immigrant Parents' Age Expectations for the Development of Their Adolescent Offspring: Transmission Effects and Changes after Immigrationp. 297
Intracultural Variations
Intergenerational Transmission of Moral Capital across the Family Life Coursep. 317
Similarity of Life Goals in the Family: A Three-Generation Studyp. 338
The Intergenerational Transmission of Xenophobia and Rightism in East Germanyp. 370
Intergenerational Transmission of Violencep. 391
"Don't Trust Anyone over 25": Youth Centrism, Intergenerational Transmission of Political Orientations, and Cultural Changep. 419
Value Transmission and Zeitgeist Revisitedp. 441
Epilogue: Toward a Model of Cultural Transmissionp. 460
Indexp. 479
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