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The Essential Child: Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought

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Addressing the issues surrounding essentialism from the perspective of developmental psychology, this book examines children's thinking and ways in which language influences thought. Synthesizing 15 years of empirical research on essentialism into a coherent framework, it is aimed at developmental, cognitive and social psychologists, and others.
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Jessica Zu
This is truly a wonderful book for those of us who wanders why racism and sexism are so persistent in our society throughout history. Understanding essentialism is the starting point for a way out of these social injustices which all of us participate and propagate in different ways.
The good news from Susan Gelman's research is that we are NOT hard-wired to essentialize gender, race and a whole lot of other things. Rather, our mind's essential bents are more likely the unintended effects of our
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