This edition presents a variety of perspectives and insights into an area that is of interest to many people in the field of early childhood - culturally appropriate approaches to development work with young children, their families and their communities. The contributors range from practitioners in a variety of early childhood projects to a Turkish father building a life with his family in a new country to an applied anthropologist who has advised the Israeli government on the absorption of immigrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia. The contexts that are featured in this edition of Early Childhood Matters include parts of the world in which displaced persons are trying to build a sense of who they are and where they belong
This paper advocates that to better service children and adults who have a chronic illness or disability within the multicultural society of the US, it is imperative that people understand the cultural beliefs and attitudes that determine behaviours, guide decisions, and effect interactions with the broader society
The prevalence of deafness in Martha's Vineyard, USA is discussed.
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