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The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do

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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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-450) and index.

About the Author

Judith Rich Harris is also the author of No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality. A former writer of college textbooks, Harris is a recipient of the George A. Miller Award, given to the author of an outstanding article in psychology. She is an independent investigator and theoretician whose interests include evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, and behavioral genetics.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword by Steven Pinker

Preface

1 "Nurture" Is Not the Same as Environment

2 The Nature (and Nurture) of the Evidence

3 Nature, Nurture, and None of the Above

4 Separate Worlds

5 Other Times, Other Places

6 Human Nature

7 Us and Them

8 In the Company of Children

9 The Transmission of Culture

10 Gender Rules

11 Schools of Children

12 Growing Up

13 Dysfunctional Families and Problem Kids

14 What Parents Can Do

15 The Nurture Assumption on Trial

Appendixes

1 Personality and Birth Order

2 Testing Theories of Child Development

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684857077
Subtitle:
Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
Foreword:
Pinker, Steven
Foreword:
Pinker, Steven
Author:
Harris, Judith Rich
Author:
Pinker, Steven
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Child rearing
Subject:
Child Psychology
Subject:
Nature and nurture
Subject:
Environment and children.
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Children and the environment
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
106-89
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 18.795 oz

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