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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Childhood Psychology

Young Children in Changing Times

ISBN 9780230361942
Publication Date March 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

A Childhood Psychologyis a truly unique contribution to the field of childhood psychology. By interrogating the key questions lying at the heart of this rapidly changing field, it provides fresh and bold insights that are accompanied by original analysis and an interdisciplinary approach.

Packed with new developments and delivered with clarity, the book challenges our assumptions about childhood in modern society, scrutinizes contemporary trends in international research, and outlines controversial challenges to traditional paradigms. Sommer's valuable insights into developmental and childhood psychology will be of particular interest to students and researchers of psychology, anthropology, cultural studies
and sociology.

DION SOMMER is Professor of Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, at the University of Aarhus,

Introduction: Why and How a Childhood PsychologyA Childhood Psychology - A Paradigm Shift
A Changing Young Childhood - Beliefs Provoked and Theory Challenged
Young Children's Cultural Acquisition - Competencies and Learning
Parenting I: Emergent Themes and Trends
Parenting II: Emergent Father Involvement
Early Emergence of theSelf - Socio-affective Competencies
A Child Psychology - Conclusions and Future Perspectives


'Dion Sommer does a great service by localizing children's development and socialization in our rapidly changing times. From a Scandinavian outlook on the world early in the 21st century, the author provides a highly refreshing account. New stimulating conceptual understandings and interdisciplinary research is presented in order to explain young children's 'new realities'. It is a highly well-timed reflective contextual approach proposing a paradigm shift.' – Professor Michael Cole, University of California, San Diego, USA
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