By Naomi Quinn, Jeannette Marie Mageo (eds.)

ISBN-10: 113738672X

ISBN-13: 9781137386724

ISBN-10: 1137386746

ISBN-13: 9781137386748

Since the Fifties, the examine of early attachment and separation has been ruled through a college of psychology that's Euro-American in its theoretical assumptions. in keeping with ethnographic stories in a variety of locales, this publication is going past past efforts to critique attachment conception, delivering a cross-cultural foundation for realizing human development.

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Cultural conditioning is likely to promote compulsions like that toward money, success, or consumption (for an American example) that may help to reproduce society but that also may impede opportunities to live truly human lives. Freud saw the course of development he outlined not as ideal, but rather as productive of the psychopathologies of everyday life, pathologies to which society offered rehabilitating, but never entirely final, resolutions. ” Spiro argued that culturally constituted defensive formations are universal across societies.

Instead, our ethnographies suggest that collectivist and individualist tendencies are always present in societies. Researchers might better determine the specific relation between them in a given society rather than essentializing cultural orientations and thereby obscuring the complexities of cultural psychodynamics as well as intercultural variations. Barlow’s ethnography of the Murik stands out for offering an extreme challenge to the collectivistindividualist contrast, demonstrating as it does that both interdependence and independence can be culturally valued in the very same society, both being components of the cultural model of virtue according to which children are raised.

So, for example, attachment theorists do not explore how children integrate multiple attachments into their internal working models of relationships. Guided by their knowledge of widespread multiple mothering in the anthropological record as well as observations of it at their own field sites, and spurred by Hrdy’s (2009) recent work on allomothering, several of these studies contest the assumption that attachment is dyadic. Despite the aforementioned terminological variants of allomothering and multiple mothering, all of these authors agree, and indeed their ethnographies collectively confirm, the universal fact that primary attachment is to mother or a singular mother substitute.

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