Origins of Ownership of Property: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 132 [NOOK Book]

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Ownership is of broad importance in children's lives. It is invovled in countless activities including sharing, borrowing, buying, trading, and stealing. As such, ownership relates to many subfields of development psychology including social development, social cognition, object cognition, moral reasoning, and economic reasoning.

In general, ownership is important for cognitiveresearchers because it involves abstract concepts ...

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Origins of Ownership of Property: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 132

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Overview

FROM THE EDITORS

Ownership is of broad importance in children's lives. It is invovled in countless activities including sharing, borrowing, buying, trading, and stealing. As such, ownership relates to many subfields of development psychology including social development, social cognition, object cognition, moral reasoning, and economic reasoning.

In general, ownership is important for cognitiveresearchers because it involves abstract concepts and rules, and yet children appear to reason about it from a young age. A major task for cognitive development research will be to characterize the processes underlying children's reasoning about ownership, and to understand how they acquire ownership concepts. Ownership is important for social researchers because it is intertwined with their sense of self, their many conflicts over objects, and because ownership provides one of the clearest examples of the role that reciprocity plays in the development of moral principles. A major task for social development researchers will be to characterize how social input from parents, peers, and others influences children's acquisition of ownership principles.

Despite the broad significance that ownership has in children's lives, until recently very little research has actually investigated it. However, much new work is currently underway, as represented by the contributions to this volume. With this volume, we hope to communicate that ownership is clearly a New Direction for research in developmental psychology.

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Table of Contents

1.Twenty-One Reasons to Care About the Psychological Basis of Ownership 1
Ori Friedman, Hildy Ross
This introductory chapter answers the question of why ownership and its development provide important new directions for psychological study.

2.Property in Nonhuman Primates 9
Sarah F. Brosnan
Brosnan provides evidence of nonhuman primates' respect for possession, but limited ownership, and argues that primate lifestyles are not conducive to establishing the social and institutional controls that support property.

3.Possession and Morality in Early Development 23
Philippe Rochat
Rochat outlines a six-level developmental theory through which children gradually incorporate moral considerations into a sense of ownership and possession.

4.Early Representations of Ownership 39
Peter R. Blake, Paul L. Harris
Blake and Harris consider how young children represent ownership based on two potentially competing sources of information—observed associations between people and objects, and others’ testimony about who owns what.

5.Property Rights and the Resolution of Social Conflict 53
Hildy Ross, Cheryl Conant, Marcia Vickar
These authors examine the discrepancy between how young children and their parents regard ownership, especially as it applies to conflict between siblings and peers.

6.Ownership as a Social Status 65
Charles W. Kalish, Craig D. Anderson
Kalish and Anderson argue that ownership is a social construct, and consider whether children view it as such.

7.Ownership and Object History 79
Ori Friedman, Karen R. Neary, Margaret A. Defeyter, Sarah L. Malcolm
These authors argue that inferences about the history of an object are fundamental to judgments about whether an object is owned and, if so, by whom.

8.Exploring Ownership in a Developmental Context 91
Nicholaus S. Noles, Frank C. Keil
In this chapter, the authors examine how children judge which things can be property, who can be an owner, and how children reason about ownership transfers.

INDEX. 105

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