This book is based on lengthy observations of three-year-olds in the United States, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Korea, Kenya, and Brazil. The focus is on how and where children spend their time, and who they are with, at an age when they are learning what it means to be a part of their culture. The book provides unique insight into variations in young children’s lives in different societies and from different social class groups.
1. Introduction and stage setting; 2. The daily lives of toddlers; 3. Cultural-ecological theory and its implications for research; 4. Methods; 5. Life in the cities; 6. Everyday activities; 7. Settings and partners; 8. Everyday lives; 9. The cultural ecology of young children.
"...a welcome addition...Tudge’s work makes important conceptual and empirical contributions to the developmental literature. It presents us with compelling arguments about the need to justify the choice of cultural units and observational categories in describing children’s daily activities. It offers a theoretical framework for the study of culture and development, and proposes a broader conception of ethnographic research methodology. Finally, this work enables us to better understand the children of the majority world while providing new information about the children of the Western industrial world as it also guides future research in significant ways."
--Human Development, Artin Göncü and Barbara Abel, University of Illinois at Chicago
"... a breakthrough contribution. The multidisciplinary nature of the work also invites readers to consider culture in all of its complexity and fluidity, and presents interesting possibilities for studying education, urbanicity, and childrearing as shaped by—and as they shape—culture... this work pushes the boundaries of
research typically classified as ‘‘cross-cultural’’ by spotlighting children in urban settings around the world and by including comparisons not only across societies but also within societies..."
--Fabienne Doucet, New York University, Journal of Marriage and Family