Children’s Social Worlds in Cultural Context

  • Tiia Tulviste
  • Deborah L. Best
  • Judith L. Gibbons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Tiia Tulviste, Deborah L. Best, Judith L. Gibbons
    Pages 1-5
  3. What Children Learn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Rebeca Mejía Arauz, Amy L. Dexter, Barbara Rogoff, Itzel Aceves-Azuara
      Pages 23-39
    3. Nicole B. Capobianco, Caitlin D. Bush, Deborah L. Best
      Pages 55-73
    4. Deborah L. Best, Judith L. Gibbons
      Pages 75-88
    5. Katelyn E. Poelker, Judith L. Gibbons
      Pages 89-102
  4. Socialization of Young Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Ashley E. Maynard
      Pages 149-160
    3. David W. Shwalb, Ziarat Hossain, Giovanna Eisberg
      Pages 161-172
  5. Children in Unique and Challenging Circumstances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Julian Busch, Birgit Leyendecker
      Pages 187-200
    3. Yael (Julia) Ponizovsky-Bergelson, Dorit Roer-Strier, Yael Dayan, Nira Wahle
      Pages 201-216
    4. Megan M. Julian, Junlei Li, Annie Wright, Pamela A. Jimenez-Etcheverria
      Pages 217-229
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Tiia Tulviste, Deborah L. Best, Judith L. Gibbons
      Pages 233-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-243

About this book


This book addresses cultural variability in children’s social worlds, examining the acquisition, development, and use of culturally relevant social competencies valued in diverse cultural contexts. It discusses the different aspects of preschoolers’ social competencies that allow children – including adopted, immigrant, or at-risk children – to create and maintain relationships, communicate, and to get along with other people at home, in daycare or school, and other situations. Chapters explore how children’s social competencies reflect the features of the social worlds in which they live and grow. In addition, chapters examine the extent that different cultural value orientations manifest in children’s social functioning and escribes how parents in autonomy-oriented cultures tend to value different social skills than parents with relatedness or autonomous-relatedness orientations. The book concludes with recommendations for future research directions.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • Gender development in young children.
  • Peer interactions and relationships during the preschool years.
  • Sibling interactions in western and non-western cultural groups.
  • The roles of grandparents in child development.
  • Socialization and development in refugee children.
  • Child development within institutional care.

Children’s Social Worlds in Cultural Context is a valuable resource for researchers, clinicians/practitioners, and graduate students in developmental psychology, child and school psychology, social work, cultural anthropology, family studies, and education.


At-risk children across cultures and social development Children and social identity Cooperative problem-solving in preschool Cultural practices, attentional strategies and children Culture, communication, and sociocognitive development Emotional development and competence in children Forced displacement, safe havens, and child development Gender development, culture, and young children Grandparents, child development, and culture Institutional care and child development Japanese preschool and social-emotional development Parenting and family across cultures Pedagogical practices and child development Peer interactions and early childhood Peer interactions, conflict, and culture in preschool Prosocial behavior in young children Siblings and cultural complexity Social cognition and preschoolers Toddlers and institutional conditions Urban and rural settings and child development

Editors and affiliations

  • Tiia Tulviste
    • 1
  • Deborah L. Best
    • 2
  • Judith L. Gibbons
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologySaint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA

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