This special issue covers different aspects of life course development. The central argument of the first paper is that human development should be viewed as the product of the interpenetration of cultural and biological processes. The following article outlines how current sociology constructs life courses. The notion of developmental biocultural co-constructivism and specifically the zone within which human development can be expressed is the focus of the third paper. Next, a developmental account of civic engagement and political participation is provided. Finally, the special issue concludes with a paper marking individual differences in patterns of rhesus monkey biobehavioral development through the life span.
Volume 1, Number 3, 2004
Contents: P.B. Baltes, J. Smith, Lifespan Psychology: From Developmental Contextualism to Developmental Biocultural Co-Constructivism. C.G. Coll, The Interpenetration of Culture and Biology in Human Development. K.U. Mayer, Whose Lives? How History, Societies, and Institutions Define and Shape Life Courses. A.J. Stewart, C. McDermott, Civic Engagement, Political Identity, and Generation in Developmental Context. S.J. Suomi, How Gene-Environment Interactions Shape Biobehavioral Development: Lessons From Studies With Rhesus Monkeys.