Merging cultural and psychological accounts of family contexts

Jacqueline J. Goodnow*

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This chapter aims at integrating psychological and cultural analyses of families with their impact. It does so by first focusing on shared ways of specifying the contexts that families provide. Three main ways are identified. These are descriptions in terms of activities and practices, the presence of shared and unshared views, and the nature of interconnections among people and among situations. These views of contexts are then linked to policies that aim at changing contexts, changing people, or changing the skills and knowledge that people bring to various contexts: changing especially their understanding of transitions, pathways, the role of the state, and the cultural models they are likely to encounter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging cultural and developmental approaches to psychology
Subtitle of host publicationnew syntheses in theory, research, and policy
EditorsLene Arnett Jensen
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199827176
ISBN (Print)9780195383430
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Changing contexts
  • Changing people
  • Cultural models
  • Family contexts
  • Practices

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