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The Emergence of Morality in Young Children

"The Emergence of Morality in Young Children is one of very few scholarly books concerning the development of moral tendencies in the early years. In its pages, a diverse group of eminent social and behavioral scientists address this fascinating topic and struggle with issues of inquiry that have persistently plagued this field."—Nancy Eisenberg, Harvard Educational Review

"This is a welcome and immensely provocative book. For those of us who favor ethical theorizing done in close proximity to psychology and anthropology, it provides new and illuminating theory and research relevant to perennial debates about the origins of moral sense, its psychological organization, and the objectivity and unity of the moral."—Owen Flanagan, Ethics

The contributors are Augusto Blasi, Lawrence Blum, Judy Dunn, M. Ann Easterbrooks, Carolyn Pope Edwards, Robert Emde, Carol Gilligan, Charles C. Helwig, William F. Johnson, Jerome Kagan, Melanie Killen, Sharon Lamb, Manamohan Mahapatra, Joan G. Miller, Edward Mueller, Richard A. Shweder, Catherine Snow, Elliot Turiel, and Grant Wiggins.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jerome Kagan
1. Culture and Moral Development
Richard A. Shweder, Manamohan Mahapatra, and Joan G. Miller
Comment: The Psychological Definitions of Morality
Augusto Blasi
2. The Beginnings of Moral Understanding: Development in the Second Year
Judy Dunn
Comment: Language and the Beginnings of Moral Understanding
Catherine Snow
3. Culture and the Construction of Moral Values: A Comparative Ethnography of Moral Encounters in Two Cultural Settings
Carolyn Pope Edwards
Comment: Alternative Approaches to Moral Socialization
Edward Mueller
4. Morality: Its Structure, Functions, and Vagaries
Elliot Turiel, Melanie Killen, and Charles C. Helwig
5. The Do’s and Don’ts of Early Moral Development: Psychoanalytic Tradition and Current Research
Robert Emde, William F. Johnson, and M. Ann Easterbrooks
6. The Origins of Morality in Early Childhood Relationships
Carol Gilligan and Grant Wiggins
7. Particularity and Responsiveness
Lawrence Blum
List of Contributors

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