In this completely revised and updated edition, Deconstructing Developmental Psychology interrogates the assumptions and practices surrounding the psychology of child development, providing a critical evaluation of the role and contribution of developmental psychology within social practice.
Since the second edition was published, there have been many major changes. This book addresses how shifts in advanced capitalism have produced new understandings of children, and a new (and more punitive) range of institutional responses to children. It engages with the paradoxes of childhood in an era when young adults are increasingly economically dependent on their families, and in a political context of heightened insecurity. The new edition includes an updated review of developments in psychological theory (in attachment, evolutionary psychology, theory of mind, cultural-historical approaches), as well as updating and reflecting upon the changed focus on fathers and fathering. It offers new perspectives on the connections between Piaget and Vygotsky and now connects much more closely with discussions from the sociology of childhood and critical educational research. Coverage has been expanded to include more material on child rights debates, and a new chapter addresses practice dilemmas around child protection, which engages even more with the "raced" and gendered effects of current policies involving children.
This engaging and accessible text provides key resources to inform better professional practice in social work, education and health contexts. It offers critical insights into the politics and procedures that have shaped developmental psychological knowledge. It will be essential reading for anyone working with children, or concerned with policies around children and families. It was also be of interest to students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across a range of professional and practitioner groups, as well as parents and policy makers.
Erica Burman is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester, UK, Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Visiting Professor in the Instituto de Psciologia at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brasil, Visiting Professor in Cibersomosaguas, Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociologia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Work and Child Welfare, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway
Dedication; Preface to third edition; Introduction; 1. Origins; Part One: Constructing the Subject; 2. Researching Infancy 3. Attributing Sociality 4. Discourses of the Child 5. Models of Childhood Migrating across zones of political practive; Part Two: Social Development and the structure of caring; 6. Familiar Assumptions 7. Bonds of love or losing attachment 8. Involving fathers, new masculinities and whether gender bending subverts of maintains the developmental imperative; Part Three: Developing Communication; 9. Language Talk 10. Discourses of caregiving talk 11. Language and power in developmental research; Part Four: Cognitive Development: The Making of Rationality and its others; 12. Piaget, Vygotsky and their methods, models and histories in the making of the developmental psychological project 13. Child-centred education and Beyond 14. Morality and the goals of development; references; index