1st Edition

Cultures of Infancy

By Heidi Keller Copyright 2022
    346 Pages 124 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 124 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Classic Edition of Heidi Keller’s Cultures of Infancy, first published in 2007, includes a new introduction by the author, which describes for readers the original context of her work, how she has further developed her research and thinking, and the ongoing relevance of this volume in the context of future challenges for the field.

    In its original volume, Cultures of Infancy presented the first systematic analysis of culturally informed developmental pathways, synthesizing evolutionary and cultural psychological perspectives for a broader understanding of human development. In this compelling book, Heidi Keller utilizes ethnographic reports, as well as quantitative and qualitative analyses, to illustrate how humans resolve universal developmental tasks in particular sociodemographic contexts. These contexts are represented in cultural models, with three distinct models addressed throughout the text: the model of independence with autonomy as developmental organizer; the model of interdependence with relatedness as the developmental organizer; and the model of autonomous relatedness representing particular mixtures of autonomy and relatedness. The book offers an empirical examination of the first integrative developmental task during the early months of life—relationship formation. Keller shows that early parenting experiences shape the basic foundation of the self within particular models of parenting that are influenced by culturally informed socialization goals. With distinct patterns of results that the studies have revealed, Cultures of Infancy helps redefine developmental psychology as part of a culturally informed science based on evolutionary groundwork.

    Scholars interested in a broad perspective on human development and culture will benefit from this pioneering volume.

    Preface to the Classic Edition

    Foreword to the 2007 Edition

    Preface to the 2007 Edition

    1. The Conception of Infancy

    2. The Psychobiology of Infancy

    3. The Concept of Culture

    4. The Research Methodology: Infancy Assessment

    5. Cultural Models of Parenting

    6. Variations of Independence and Interdependence

    7. Relations Among the Dimensions of the Parenting Model

    8. Developmental Consequences of the Early Parenting Experiences

    9. Cultural Models of Parenting and Developmental Pathways: Synthesis and Conclusion


    Heidi Keller is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former Head of the Culture and Development Department, Faculty of Human Sciences, at Osnabrueck University, Germany. She is a Director of Nevet, The Greenhouse of Context-Informed Research and Training for Children in Need at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among many international awards, in 2019 she was the recipient of the SRCD Award for Distinguished Contributions to Understanding International, Cultural and Contextual Diversity in Child Development.