The Resource Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny, Michael Tomasello

Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny, Michael Tomasello

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Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny
Title
Becoming human
Title remainder
a theory of ontogeny
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Michael Tomasello
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Language
eng
Summary
Virtually all theories of how humans have become such a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory of human uniqueness, focused on ontogenetic processes. His data-driven model explains how those things that make us most human are constructed during the first years of a child's life. Tomasello assembles nearly three decades of experimental work with chimpanzees, bonobos, and human children to propose a new framework for psychological development between birth and seven years of age. He identifies eight pathways that starkly differentiate humans from their closest primate relatives: social cognition, communication, cultural learning, cooperative thinking, collaboration, prosociality, social norms, and moral identity. In each of these, great apes possess rudimentary abilities. But then, Tomasello argues, the maturation of humans' evolved capacities for shared intentionality transform these abilities into uniquely human cognition and sociality. The first step occurs around nine months, with the emergence of joint intentionality, exercised mostly with caregiving adults. The second step occurs around three years, with the emergence of collective intentionality involving both authoritative adults, who convey cultural knowledge, and coequal peers, who elicit collaboration and communication. Finally, by age six or seven, children become responsible for self-regulating their beliefs and actions so that they comport with cultural norms. Built on the essential ideas of Lev Vygotsky, Becoming Human places human sociocultural activity within the framework of modern evolutionary theory, and shows how biology creates the conditions under which culture does its work.--
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Tomasello, Michael
Dewey number
155
Index
index present
LC call number
BF713
LC item number
.T655 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Developmental psychology
  • Ontogeny
  • Socialization
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Behavior evolution
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Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny, Michael Tomasello
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http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=1913272
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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text
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txt
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Contents
I. Background: In search of human uniqueness -- Evolutionary foundations -- II. The ontogeny of uniquely human cognition: Social cognition -- Communication -- Cultural learning -- Cooperative thinking -- III. The ontogeny of uniquely human sociality: Collaboration -- Prosociality -- Social norms -- Moral identity -- IV. Conclusion: A neo-Vygotskian theory -- The power of shared agency
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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online
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9780674988651
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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Electronic reproduction.
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remote
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(NhCcYBP)40028729674
Label
Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny, Michael Tomasello
Link
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=1913272
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Background: In search of human uniqueness -- Evolutionary foundations -- II. The ontogeny of uniquely human cognition: Social cognition -- Communication -- Cultural learning -- Cooperative thinking -- III. The ontogeny of uniquely human sociality: Collaboration -- Prosociality -- Social norms -- Moral identity -- IV. Conclusion: A neo-Vygotskian theory -- The power of shared agency
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674988651
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(NhCcYBP)40028729674

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