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Growing Up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru
by Inge Bolin
Far from the mainstream of society, the pastoral community of Chillihuani in the high Peruvian Andes rears children who are well-adjusted, creative, and curious. They exhibit superior social and cognitive skills and maintain an attitude of respect for all life as they progress smoothly from childhood to adulthood without a troubled adolescence. What makes such child-rearin ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by University of Texas Press
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Can I give this a 3.8? I more than "liked" it, but I didn't "really like" it when I compare it to other books that I've given a 4 to. It was a satisfying read--an interesting read. The book I previously read about the people in the highlands of Peru, Andean Lives, was just too sparse for me. This one, I felt, gave me more information even though it was written by an American. However, at times I felt like this book presented such an idyllic picture of the people that she lived with that I found ...more
I liked everything about this book. Until the very end. It might have even been the last page. Bolin claims that the Chillihuani have no word for respect. I wrote a paper about this book and attacked this claim mercilessly. I have no knowledge of their language, but this claim seems highly dubious to me. I won't get into it here, but we can argue about it sometime if you'd like. Despite the bizarre ending, this is an enjoyable and informative read.