This volume is the firstborn of the Annals of Cultural Psychology—a yearly edited book series in the field of Cultural Psychology. It came into being as there is a need for reflection on “where and what” the discipline needs to further develop, in such a way, the current frontiers and to foster the elaboration of new fruitful ideas. This is an indicator of a rapidly developing research area. But any rapid expansion is dangerous—it can proliferate directions for new research that set the field up in a cycle of fashionable yet noncreative discourses. The basic polysemy of the notion of culture is a most likely target for such conceptual stalemates—easy to use as a term, seemingly understandable … but … in at least 200 different ways. Cultural psychology is thus the prime target of making itself mundane—due to the use of its core term, culture. A paradoxical situation that needs to be avoided. How do we plan to do that in the Annals series? Aside from sieving through the varieties of ideas that have surfaced in the field in the previous years, we dedicate each volume to a distinct foundational topic in the study of which elaboration of what culture means for science is inevitable. The topic chosen for the first volume is perhaps the most fundamental of all— motherhood. We are all here because at some unspecifiable time in the past, different women labored hard to bring each of us into this world. These women were not thinking of culture, but were just giving birth. Yet, by their reproductive success—and years of worry about our growing up— we are now, thankfully to them, in a position to discuss the general notion of motherhood from the angle of cultural psychology.

Cornejio C., Valsiner, J., Marsico, G. (2015). Motherhood: a cultural arena for the Meaning Making process. In C., Cornejio, G., Marsico & J., Valsiner, (Eds.). Making meaning, making motherhood. Annals Of Cultural Psychology: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind and Society, Volume 1, (pp. 3-8), Charlotte, N.C. USA: Information Age Publishing

MARSICO, Giuseppina
2015

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This volume is the firstborn of the Annals of Cultural Psychology—a yearly edited book series in the field of Cultural Psychology. It came into being as there is a need for reflection on “where and what” the discipline needs to further develop, in such a way, the current frontiers and to foster the elaboration of new fruitful ideas. This is an indicator of a rapidly developing research area. But any rapid expansion is dangerous—it can proliferate directions for new research that set the field up in a cycle of fashionable yet noncreative discourses. The basic polysemy of the notion of culture is a most likely target for such conceptual stalemates—easy to use as a term, seemingly understandable … but … in at least 200 different ways. Cultural psychology is thus the prime target of making itself mundane—due to the use of its core term, culture. A paradoxical situation that needs to be avoided. How do we plan to do that in the Annals series? Aside from sieving through the varieties of ideas that have surfaced in the field in the previous years, we dedicate each volume to a distinct foundational topic in the study of which elaboration of what culture means for science is inevitable. The topic chosen for the first volume is perhaps the most fundamental of all— motherhood. We are all here because at some unspecifiable time in the past, different women labored hard to bring each of us into this world. These women were not thinking of culture, but were just giving birth. Yet, by their reproductive success—and years of worry about our growing up— we are now, thankfully to them, in a position to discuss the general notion of motherhood from the angle of cultural psychology.
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