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Human development and cultural transmission

Schlegel, Alice

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 68 No. 4 (2011), p. 457 - 470

published: Sep 1, 2011

DOI: 10.1127/0003-5548/2011/0155

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Transmission of cultural knowledge to children takes several forms. This paper argues that there are three basic forms of cultural transmission, which are introduced sequentially at different stages of development. Earlier forms are retained as new ones are added, and all three forms are used in adult cultural transmissions. The introduction of new forms is made possible by the cognitive and behavioral consequences of neurological and hormonal changes in the developing body.


cultural knowledgecultural transmissionchild developmentadolescent socialization