ISBN: 9780262342872 | | October 2017

The Cultural Nature of Attachment

Contextualizing Relationships and Development
It is generally acknowledged that attachment relationships are important for infants and young children, but there is little clarity on what exactly constitutes such a relationship. Does it occur between two individuals (infant–mother or infant–father) or in an extended network? In the West, monotropic attachment appears to function as a secure foundation for infants, but is this true in other cultures? This volume offers perspectives from a range of disciplines on these questions. Contributors from psychology, biology, anthropology, evolution, social policy, neuroscience, information systems, and practice describe the latest research on the cultural and evolutionary foundations on children’s attachment relationships as well as the implications for education, counseling, and policy.
The contributors discuss such issues as the possible functions of attachment, including trust and biopsychological regulation; the evolutionary foundations, if any, of attachment; ways to model attachment using the tools of information science; the neural foundations of attachment; and the influence of cultural attitudes on attachment. Taking an integrative approach, the book embraces the wide cultural variations in attachment relationships in humans and their diversity across nonhuman primates. It proposes research methods for the culturally sensitive study of attachment networks that will lead to culturally sensitive assessments, practices, and social policies.
Kim Bard, Marjorie Beeghly, Allyson J. Bennett, Yvonne Bohr, David L. Butler, Nandita Chaudhary, Stephen H. Chen, James B. Chisholm, Lynn A. Fairbanks, Ruth Feldman, Barbara L. Finlay, Suzanne Gaskins, Valeria Gazzola, Ariane Gernhardt, Jay Giedd, Alma Gottlieb, Kristen Hawkes, William D. Hopkins, Johannes Johow, Elfriede Kalcher-Sommersguter, Heidi Keller, Michael Lamb, Katja Liebal, Cindy H. Liu, Gilda A. Morelli, Marjorie Murray, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, Naomi Quinn, Mariano Rosabal-Coto, Dirk Scheele, Gabriel Scheidecker, Margaret A. Sheridan, Volker Sommer, Stephen J. Suomi, Akira Takada, Douglas M. Teti, Bernard Thierry, Ross A. Thompson, Akemi Tomoda, Nim Tottenham, Ed Tronick, Marga Vicedo, Leslie Wang, Thomas S. Weisner, Relindis D. Yovsi

Table of Contents

  1. The Ernst Strüngmann Forum
  2. List of Contributors
  3. 1. Introduction

    Heidi Keller, Kim A. Bard, and Julia R. Lupp

  4. 2. The Strange Situation of the Ethological Theory of Attachment

    Marga Vicedo

  5. 3. The Evolution of Primate Attachment

    Masako Myowa and David L. Butler

  6. 4. Primate Infancies

    Kristen Hawkes, James S. Chrisholm, Lynn A. Fairbanks, Johannes Johow, Elfriede Kalcher-Sommersguter, Katja Liebal, Masako Myowa, Volker Sommer, Bernard Thierry, and Barbara L. Finlay

  7. 5. Is the Mother Essential for Attachment?

    Heidi Keller and Nandita Chaudhary

  8. 6. Taking Culture Seriously

    Gilda A. Morelli, Nandita Chaudhary, Alma Gottlieb, Heidi Keller, Marjorie Murray, Naomi Quinn, Mariano Rosabal-Coto, Gabriel Scheidecker, Akira Takada, and Marga Vicedo

  9. 7. Exploring the Assumptions of Attachment Theory across Cultures

    Cindy H. Liu, Stephen H. Chen, Yvonne Bohn, Leslie Wang, and Ed Tronick

  10. 8. Meaning and Methods in the Study and Assessment of Attachment

    Suzanne Gaskins, Marjorie Beeghly, Kim A. Bard, Ariane Gernhardt, Cindy H. Liu, Douglas M. Teti, Ross A. Thompson, Thomas S. Weisner, and Relindis D. Yovski

  11. 9. Neural Consequences of Infant Attachment

    Margaret A. Sheridan and Kim A. Bard

  12. 10. Neural Foundations of Variability in Attachment

    Allyson J. Bennett, William D. Hopkins, Ruth Feldman, Valeria Gazzola, Jay Giedd, Michael E. Lamb, Dirk Scheele, Margaret A. Sheridan, Stephen J. Suomi, Akemi Tomoda, and Nim Tottenham

  13. 11. How Attachments Gave Rise to Culture

    James S. Chisholm

  14. 12. Twenty-First Century Attachment Theory

    Ross A. Thompson

  15. 13. Implications for Policy and Practice

    Suzanne Gaskins, Marjorie Beeghly, Kim A. Bard, Ariane Gernhardt, Cindy H. Liu, Douglas M. Teti, Ross A. Thompson, Thomas S. Weisner, and Relindis D. Yovsi

  16. 14. Real-World Applications of Attachment Theory

    Mariano Rosabal-Coto, Naomi Quinn, Heidi Keller, Marga Vicedo, Nandita Chaudhary, Alma Gottlieb, Gabriel Scheidecker, Marjorie Murray, Akira Takada, and Gilda A. Morelli

  17. Bibliography
  18. Subject Index