1st Edition

Parenting, Infancy, Culture Specificity and Commonality in Argentina, Belgium, Israel, Italy, and the United States

Edited By Marc H. Bornstein Copyright 2022
    422 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    422 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This vital volume advances an in-depth understanding of how parenting infants in the first year of life is similar and different in two contrasting contexts in each of five countries—Argentina, Belgium, Israel, Italy, and the United States—providing a global understanding of parenting across cultures.

    Edited and written by Marc H. Bornstein and his country collaborators, the chapters presented compare microanalytic approaches to three topical issues in each of two cultural groups in each country. The three issues concern, first, how often and how long mothers in each of the groups in each of the countries engage in basic parenting practices, and how often and how long infants in the same groups engage in different behaviors. Second, whether the maternal parenting practices are organized in any way and whether those infant behaviors are organized in any way. And, third, whether those maternal parenting practices and those infant behaviors are interrelated. Thus, this book offers insights into the basics of parenting and infancy from both intra-cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. Each country chapter is co-authored by a contributor native to the country examined, ensuring an authentic cultural perspectives on parenting and infancy. Together, the chapters provide a broader sample that is more generalizable to a wider range of the world’s population than is typical in most parenting and infancy research.

    Parenting, Infancy, Culture is essential reading for researchers and students of parenting, psychology, human development, family studies, sociology, and cultural anthropology as well as professionals working with families.


    Series Foreword

    About the Authors

    1. Cultural Approaches to Parenting and Infancy: An Introduction

    Marc H. Bornstein

    2. Studying Intra-Cultural and Cross-Cultural Parenting and Infancy: General Methods

    Marc H. Bornstein and O. Maurice Haynes

    3. Argentina: Urban and Rural Parenting and Infancy in a South American Context

    Marc H. Bornstein, Celia Zingman de Galperín, and Silvina Galperín with Elinor Berti

    4. Belgium: Bilingual and Monolingual Parenting and Infancy

    Annick De Houwer and Marc H. Bornstein

    5. Israel: Parenting and Infancy in the City and on Kibbutz

    Sharone L. Maital and Marc H. Bornstein

    6. Italy: Parenting and Infancy in the Industrialized North and the Agrarian South

    Paola Venuti and Marc H. Bornstein

    7. The United States: Metropolitan and Appalachian Parenting and Infancy

    Marc H. Bornstein O. Maurice Haynes, Yoonjun Park, and Joan T. D. Suwalsky

    8. Cultural Specificities and Cultural Universals in Parenting and Infancy:

    Argentina, Belgium, Israel, Italy, and the United States

    Marc H. Bornstein, Yoonjung Park, and O. Maurice Haynes

    9. Cultural Approaches to Parenting and Infancy: Some Conclusions

    Marc H. Bornstein

    Author Index

    Subject Index


    Marc H. Bornstein holds positions at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and UNICEF. He is President Emeritus of the Society for Research in Child Development, Founnding Editor of Parenting: Science and Practice, and Editor Emeritus of Child Development. Bornstein has edited several books, including the five-volume Handbook of Parenting for Routledge.