The multi-voicedness of independence and interdependence: The case of the Cameroonian Nso
Yovsi, Relindis D.
|AUTONOMY; COLLECTIVISM; cultural change; CULTURAL MODELS; independence; INDIVIDUALISM; interdependence; Nso; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; relatedness; SELF; SOCIETY
|SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
|CULTURE & PSYCHOLOGY
It is often claimed that independence and interdependence are two dimensions that are part of any culture and the psychology of any human being. While previous studies have considered these two concepts merely as a matter of degree, this article argues that, in fact, they can be of different quality and have a variety of meanings depending on the specific socio-cultural context. From a systemic approach, the study addresses the dialogical co-existence of these dimensions and views culture as an open system that allows for adaptation and constant reorganization according to the given context. Interviews with 10 mothers from the ethnic group of the Cameroonian Nso on their ideas on childrearing revealed that different conceptions of autonomy and interpersonal relatedness not only co-exist in this ethnic group but may serve different purposes and change depending on the specific socio-cultural conditions in which the mother lives.
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