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The raising of children, their role in society, and the degree to which family and community is structured around them, varies quite significantly around the world. The Anthropology of Childhood provides the first comprehensive review of the literature on children from a distinctly anthropological perspective. Bringing together key evidence from cultural anthropology, hist ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published November 13th 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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Beth Chandler
A detailed literature review of the culture of childhood around the world, and in both past and current cultures. Turns many EuroAmerican-middle-class assumptions about what is "natural" (or in some cases, even "good" though the author sensibly does not make value judgments for the most part) for raising children upside down.

Some themes I found particularly fascinating:

-Children from about ages 5 onward are often eager to help care for babies and "little kids". (I've seen this with my own youn
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Margaret
A very good compilation of cultural differences in how people view and treat their children. Very nice, straighforward layout.
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