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Growing Up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru
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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Growing up in a Culture of Respect focuses on children in the remote Peruvian village of Chillihuani. Though poor in material goods, and living a marginal existence as subsistence herders and farmers in one of the most remote corners of the world, the Chillihuanis have a durable culture that stretches back to the days of the Inca, a society of mutual aid, sacred geography, and children who are inquisitive, cheerful, respectful, with none of the angst that characterizes Western adolescence.
I read this book for my Anthropological Perspectives course, and at first I was dreading it because I thought it would be long, dry, and ultimately boring. However, I was very wrong. This book was easy to read, and it was interesting learning about the way of life for people living in Chillihuani of highland Peru. The book covers infancy through adolescence including how children learn to give and receive respect and become active members of the community. The book also covers the topics of fami ...more
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.