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Destiny and Development


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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

About the Author

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, Developing Destinies, deepens the ideas presented in her previous books, building on her three decades of research on human development in a Mayan community in Guatemala.


"For anyone interested in understanding the soul of a Maya town, Barbara Rogoff's new book Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Oxford University Press, 2011) will give you a good idea. Barbara Rogoff breaks new ground in the way she thinks about change in a traditional society." -- Arte Maya Tzutuhil Newsletter "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... 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." -- Susan A. Gelman, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, PsycCRITIQUES "The Pauls' numerous previously unpublished photos combine with Rogoff's to provide a rare glimpse into the changes in people's lives and environment over the course of seven decades. The dozens of images, together with their informative captions, are superbly integrated into the text...Recommended" -- A. H. Koblitz, Arizona State University, CHOICE Developing Destinies was a finalist for the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award: "Rogoff's Developing Destinies is a lovely and fascinating anthropological look at culture and the impact of one woman, and her community role as a midwife, on her community. Rogoff addresses gender, child development, religion/spirituality, and informal community-based learning processes. Of the books nominated for the award, Rogoff's book has the strongest focus in terms of women's work, and reflects the most participatory approach to research. Her book is innovative, and includes a very interesting use of the visual, both photos and drawings... The way in which Rogoff addresses issues of gender and generations is edgy, and it is sure to be a welcome addition to many fields, in education and beyond." "Rogoff shows how the certainty of destiny moves through exigencies of profession, identity, and time. Fitting for the topic of midwifery and birth, Developing Destinies is her most personal work to date. Rogoff and the book's main subject, Chona, a Maya midwife from the Tzu'utijil Maya town of San Pedro, have been in relationship across five decades (1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s). This book is a must-read for those interested in culture, child development, globalization, and birth. birth." -- Ashley E. Maynard, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Hawai`i

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