Collaboration and Helping as Cultural Practices

Angélica López, Behnosh Najafi, Barbara Rogoff and Rebeca Mejía-Arauz

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Collaboration and Helping as Cultural Practices

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This chapter examines children's collaboration and helping from the perspective that understanding prosocial development requires attention to the cultural practices and values in which children and adults participate. Children's ways of engaging with each other and with adults are based on practices of their families and the current and historical practices of their communities. We examine cultural values related to the helpfulness and propensity to collaborate that are common among Mexican, Latino/a, and Indigenous-heritage U.S. and Canadian children, as compared with European-American middle-class children. Central to this cultural difference are community values and practices regarding the relation of individuals with their communities—values that can be seen in the organization of children's families and communities.

Keywords: helping; collaboration; prosocial development; initiative; observation; cultural practices; history; schooling; indigenous; mexico

Article.  10866 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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