A comprehensive, systematic account of human development which is
sensitive to the needs, interests and ecologies of nonwestern
cultures and individuals is provided in this unique volume. The
importance and value of the sociocultural milieu in shaping the
growth and development of children is emphasized, and the author
asserts throughout that children do not grow and develop according
to the same patterns regardless of culture.
The author describes developmental psychology from the
perspective of West Africa, demonstrating how the local ecology and
the resulting cultural ideology lead to differing ways in which
children are conceptualized and socialized, and in turn how they
develop. While much of his case material is from
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