Do Parents Matter

Author: Robert LeVine
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
ISBN: 0285643673
Format: PDF
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Are modern parents obsessed with raising perfect children? Are they missing the bigger picture? Parents can only affect their children to a limited extent. In Do Parents Matter? anthropologists (and grandparents) Robert & Sarah LeVine investigate the diversity of parenting practices across the world – from the USA to Africa, Japan to Mexico – and come away with a reassuring conclusion: children tend to turn out to be the same well-adjusted adults all around the world no matter the parenting style. Japanese children sleep with their parents well into primary school, women of the Hausa tribe (largely based in Nigeria) avoid verbal and eye contact with their toddlers; Western parenting frowns on both practices but Japanese children show higher than average levels of empathy while Hausa children seen quite content. The Levines’ fascinating global investigation reveals that children are influenced more by culture than by their parents. This is the most in-depth survey of parenting practices across the world, and it has profound lessons for how parents should think about their children and families. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting, free yourself from expert advice and learn to relax.

Do Parents Matter

Author: Robert A. LeVine
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 161039724X
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When it comes to parenting, more isn’t always better—but it is always more tiring In Japan, a boy sleeps in his parents’ bed until age ten, but still shows independence in all other areas of his life. In rural India, toilet training begins one month after infants are born and is accomplished with little fanfare. In Paris, parents limit the amount of agency they give their toddlers. In America, parents grant them ever more choices, independence, and attention. Given our approach to parenting, is it any surprise that American parents are too frequently exhausted? Over the course of nearly fifty years, Robert and Sarah LeVine have conducted a groundbreaking, worldwide study of how families work. They have consistently found that children can be happy and healthy in a wide variety of conditions, not just the effort-intensive, cautious environment so many American parents drive themselves crazy trying to create. While there is always another news article or scientific fad proclaiming the importance of some factor or other, it’s easy to miss the bigger picture: that children are smarter, more resilient, and more independent than we give them credit for. Do Parents Matter? is an eye-opening look at the world of human nurture, one with profound lessons for the way we think about our families.

Child Care and Culture

Author: Robert A. Levine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521575461
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Child Care and Culture examines parenthood, infancy, and early childhood in an African community, revealing patterns unanticipated by current theories of child development and raising provocative questions about the concept of "normal" child care. Comparing the Gusii people of Kenya with the American white middle class, the authors show how divergent cultural priorities create differing conditions for early childhood development. Combining the perspectives of social anthropology, pediatrics, and developmental psychology, the authors demonstrate how child care customs can be responsive to varied socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural conditions without inflicting harm on children. This text will be of interest to researchers in child development and anthropology.

Universalism Without Uniformity

Author: Julia L. Cassaniti
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022650168X
Format: PDF
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In their volume Universalism without Uniformity, anthropologists Julia Cassaniti and Usha Menon bring together a set of distinguished papers to address the interconnections between culture and mind. As the title suggests, they seek to understand how one can conceive of a shared humanity while also doing justice to cross-cultural psychological diversity. The chapters investigate topics such as emotion, identity, mental health, and conflict, among others. Through the construction of a new approach that focuses squarely on the interrelationship of culture and mind, this volume questions old, entrenched disciplinary assumptions. Geared toward students of anthropology, psychology, and ethnic studies, Universalism without Uniformity seeks to uncover the intricate connections and mechanisms of psyche and culture.

Dolor Y Alegr a

Author: Sarah LeVine
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299137946
Format: PDF
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"Fascinating ethnography focuses on ways in which urbanization and rapid social change have affected family life and women at various life stages, including childhood, adolescence, marriage, childbearing years, and old age. Based on interviews with 15 working-class women of distinct generational groups from a tenement neighborhood in Cuernavaca. Interviews were conducted semiweekly over a one-year span (1984-85). Additional chapter discusses women's roles and family relations during the 1990s"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

Barack Obama in Hawai i and Indonesia The Making of a Global President

Author: Dinesh Sharma
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313385343
Format: PDF
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Distinguishing itself from the mass of political biographies of Barack Obama, this first interdisciplinary study of Obama's Indonesian and Hawai‘ian years examines their effect on his adult character, political identity, and global world-view. • Foreword • Photographs • Timelines • Figures • Appendices

The Afterlife Is Where We Come From

Author: Alma Gottlieb
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226305011
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When a new baby arrives among the Beng people of West Africa, they see it not as being born, but as being reincarnated after a rich life in a previous world. Far from being a tabula rasa, a Beng infant is thought to begin its life filled with spiritual knowledge. How do these beliefs affect the way the Beng rear their children? In this unique and engaging ethnography of babies, Alma Gottlieb explores how religious ideology affects every aspect of Beng childrearing practices—from bathing infants to protecting them from disease to teaching them how to crawl and walk—and how widespread poverty limits these practices. A mother of two, Gottlieb includes moving discussions of how her experiences among the Beng changed the way she saw her own parenting. Throughout the book she also draws telling comparisons between Beng and Euro-American parenting, bringing home just how deeply culture matters to the way we all rear our children. All parents and anyone interested in the place of culture in the lives of infants, and vice versa, will enjoy The Afterlife Is Where We Come From. "This wonderfully reflective text should provide the impetus for formulating research possibilities about infancy and toddlerhood for this century." — Caren J. Frost, Medical Anthropology Quarterly “Alma Gottlieb’s careful and thought-provoking account of infancy sheds spectacular light upon a much neglected topic. . . . [It] makes a strong case for the central place of babies in anthropological accounts of religion. Gottlieb’s remarkably rich account, delivered after a long and reflective period of gestation, deserves a wide audience across a range of disciplines.”—Anthony Simpson, Critique of Anthropology

Let Them Eat Dirt

Author: B. Finlay
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473538637
Format: PDF, ePub
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'This book might change your perspective on real cleanliness . . . and along the way help you to raise healthier kids. ' Giulia Enders, author of Gut 'A must-read for parents ... Let Them Eat Dirt takes you inside the inside tract of a child's gut, and shows you how to give kids the best immune start early in life.' William Sears, MD, co-author of The Baby Book We all want what is best for our kids, but for years we’ve believed that microbes cause infectious diseases and have battled to keep them under control. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is having a negative effect on our children’s lifelong health. In Let Them Eat Dirt, microbiologists B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta explain how the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development and why an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes and asthma, among other chronic conditions. With practical advice from conception through to pregnancy and beyond, this invaluable guide will help you to nurture stronger, more resilient and healthier children.

The Nurture Assumption

Author: Judith Rich Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439101655
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK How much credit do parents deserve when their children turn out welt? How much blame when they turn out badly? Judith Rich Harris has a message that will change parents' lives: The "nurture assumption" -- the belief that what makes children turn out the way they do, aside from their genes, is the way their parents bring them up -- is nothing more than a cultural myth. This electrifying book explodes some of our unquestioned beliefs about children and parents and gives us a radically new view of childhood. Harris looks with a fresh eye at the real lives of real children to show that it is what they experience outside the home, in the company of their peers, that matters most, Parents don't socialize children; children socialize children. With eloquence and humor, Judith Harris explains why parents have little power to determine the sort of people their children will become. The Nurture Assumption is an important and entertaining work that brings together insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, primatology, and evolutionary biology to offer a startling new view of who we are and how we got that way.

The Gardener and the Carpenter

Author: Alison Gopnik
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374229708
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"Alison Gopnik, a leading developmental psychologist, illuminates the paradoxes of parenthood from a scientific perspective"--