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Families and Children

Sudhir Kakar

in The Inner World

Fourth edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077152
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.003.0019
Families and Children

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This chapter tries to identify the central psychological themes in Indian infancy and childhood and to interpret the long shadow they cast on the horizons of individual and cultural consciousness. It considers the psycho-social outcomes of the traditional form of family organization in India: the extended family. The extended family is, in one sense, a large group, its members engaged in the manifold activities necessary to maintain the group as a cohesive, co-operative unit, to enable its survival and promote the collective welfare of its members and to protect it from the incursions of the outside world. The period of childhood, the next step in the evolution of Indian identity, can only be interpreted in the context of the family relationships within which it occurs.

Keywords: Indian childhood; Indian infancy; cultural consciousness; Indian identity; extended family; family organization

Chapter.  12298 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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