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Different faces of attachment: cultural variations on a universal human need

Contributor(s): Otto, Hiltrud [Editor] | Keller, Heidi [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2018Description: xviii, 317 p. Includes index.ISBN: 9781316617984.Subject(s): Attachment behavior | Psychology - Developmental - General | Family & relationships - Life stages - General | Psychology - General | Psychology - Developmental - Lifespan developmentDDC classification: 155.9​2 Summary: Attachment between an infant and his or her parents is a major topic within developmental psychology. An increasing number of psychologists, evolutionary biologists and anthropologists are articulating their doubts that attachment theory in its present form is applicable worldwide, without, however, denying that the development of attachment is a universal need. This book brings together leading scholars from psychology, anthropology and related fields to reformulate attachment theory in order to fit the cultural realities of our world. Contributions are based on empirical research and observation in a variety of cultural contexts. They are complemented by careful evaluation and deconstruction of many of the underlying premises and assumptions of attachment theory and of conventional research on the role of infant-parent attachment in human development. The book creates a contextual cultural understanding of attachment that will provide the basis for a ground-breaking re-conceptualization of attachment theory. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/different-faces-of-attachment/9EC4FAF0F2CF7D8E7DBE7F15483D4B15#fndtn-information
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Table of Contents:

Foreword /​ Michael Lamb
Introduction: understanding relationships. What we would need to know to conceptualize attachment as the cultural solution of a universal developmental task /​ Heidi Keller

Part I Attachment as an Adaptation: Evolutionary, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives: 1. Family relations among cooperative breeders: challenges and offerings to
attachment theory from evolutionary anthropology /​ Johannes Johow and Eckart Voland
2. Attachment theory as cultural ideology /​ Robert A. LeVine
3. 'Babies aren't persons': a survey of delayed personhood /​ David Lancy

Part II Multiple Attachments: Allomothering, Stranger Anxiety, and Intimacy: 4. Maternal and allomaternal responsiveness: the significance of cooperative caregiving in attachment theory /​ Courtney L. Meehan and Sean Hawks
5. Bonding and belonging beyond WEIRD worlds: rethinking attachment theory on the basis of cross-cultural anthropological data /​ Birgitt Röttger-Rössler
6. Concentric circles of attachment in Pirahã a brief survey /​ Daniel L. Everett
7. Is it time to detach from attachment theory? Perspectives from the West African rain forest /​ Alma Gottlieb
8. 'Don't show your emotions!' Emotion regulation and attachment in the Cameroonian /​ Nso Hiltrud Otto
9. Family life as bricolage
reflections on intimacy and attachment in death /​ Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Part III Looking into the Future and Implications for Policy Development: 10. The socialization of trust: plural care-taking and diverse pathways in human development across cultures /​ Thomas S. Weisner
11. The precursors of attachment security: behavioral systems and culture /​ Vivian Carlson and Robin Harwood

Part IV. Conclusion /​ Heidi Keller and Hiltrud Otto.

Attachment between an infant and his or her parents is a major topic within developmental psychology. An increasing number of psychologists, evolutionary biologists and anthropologists are articulating their doubts that attachment theory in its present form is applicable worldwide, without, however, denying that the development of attachment is a universal need. This book brings together leading scholars from psychology, anthropology and related fields to reformulate attachment theory in order to fit the cultural realities of our world. Contributions are based on empirical research and observation in a variety of cultural contexts. They are complemented by careful evaluation and deconstruction of many of the underlying premises and assumptions of attachment theory and of conventional research on the role of infant-parent attachment in human development. The book creates a contextual cultural understanding of attachment that will provide the basis for a ground-breaking re-conceptualization of attachment theory.

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