Destiny and Development

Destiny and Development : A Mayan Midwife and Town

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Born with the destiny of becoming a Mayan sacred midwife, Chona Perez has carried on centuries-old traditional Indigenous American birth and healing practices over her 85 years. At the same time, Chona developed new approaches to the care of pregnancy, newborns, and mothers based on her own experience and ideas. In this way, Chona has contributed to both the cultural continuities and cultural changes of her town over the decades. In Destiny and Development, Barbara Rogoff illuminates how individuals worldwide build on cultural heritage from prior generations and at the same time create new ways of living. Throughout Chona's lifetime, her Guatemalan town has continued to use longstanding Mayan cultural practices, such as including children in a range of community activities and encouraging them to learn by observing and contributing. But the town has also transformed dramatically since the days of Chona's own childhood. For instance, although Chona's upbringing included no formal schoo
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195319907
  • 9780195319903
  • 1,409,823

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Developing Destinies delivers a fascinating, real-life account whilst also bringing theory alive - an engrossing page-turner. * The Psychologist * Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town, a remarkable book, is many things at once: a memoir, a cultural history, a theory of knowledge construction, and a labor of love ... Developing Destinies is unusual for an academic book. The beautifully written narrative is highly accessible, even gripping. It is enriched by photos that span decades. The account is personal and moving, weaving in stories of the author's own evolution as a participant-observer and
ethnographer along with her relationship with Chona. At the same time, it has very broad reach, illuminating some of the most profound themes of human development. The book truly is a must read for all with interests in development or culture. * PsychCritiques *
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About Barbara Rogoff

Barbara Rogoff is UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, a Kellogg Fellow, and Editor of Human Development. Her books Apprenticeship in Thinking (OUP, 1990), Learning Together (OUP, 2001), and The Cultural Nature of Human Development (OUP, 2003) have received
awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. Her current book, Destiny and Development, deepens the ideas presented in her previous books, building on her three decades of research on human development in a Mayan community in Guatemala.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Beginnings: Stability and change ; Chapter 2. Living culture, across generations ; Chapter 3. Meeting Chona and San Pedro ; Chapter 4. Paper with a mouth, recounting the destiny and development of an Iyoom and her community ; Chapter 5. Born to a spiritual calling, across generations: Cultural heritage and resistance ; Chapter 6. Childhood and where babies come from ; Chapter 7. A becoming young woman ; Chapter 8. Changing memories in changing practices ; Chapter 9. Entry and prominence in a sacred profession ; Chapter 10. Ripples across generations and nations in Mayan pregnancy and childbirth ; Chapter 11. Ripples across generations and nations in birth destinies and postnatal care ; Chapter 12. Ways of learning across times and places ; Chapter 13. Traditions and transformations ; References ; Endnotes
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