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A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies

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Are babies divine, or do they have the devil in them? Should parents talk to their infants, or is it a waste of time? Answers to questions about the nature and nurture of infants appear in this book as advice to parents in seven world societies. Imagine what Dr. Spock might have written if he were a healer from Bali...or an Aboriginal grandmother from the Australian desert...or a diviner from a rural village in West Africa. As the seven "child care manuals" in this book reveal, experts worldwide offer intriguingly different advice to new parents. A World of Babies brings alive infant care practices around the world in the form of baby and child care manuals "written" by members of seven real societies. The information, while presented in an imaginative fictive format, is based on extensive research by anthropologists, psychologists, and historians. Encountering fascinating facts about how people in other societies view and raise their babies, readers may be led to see the beliefs and practices of their own society from a new perspective. The creative format of this book brings alive a rich fund of ethnographic knowledge, vividly illustrating a simple but powerful truth: there exist many models of babyhood, each shaped by deeply held values and widely varying cultural contexts. After reading this book, you will never again view child-rearing as a matter of "common sense." Judy DeLoache is Professor of Psychology at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Alma Gottlieb is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Synopsis:

'Manuals' for new parents illustrating many models of babyhood, shaped by different values and cultures.

Synopsis:

Are babies divine, or have they the devil in them? Should parents talk to their infants, or is it a waste of time? Answering many questions about the nature and nurturing of infants, seven experts have imagined what a foreign-born Dr Spock might have written if he (or she) were a healer from Bali ... or an Aboriginal grandmother from the Australian desert ... Their 'manuals' offer intriguingly different advice to new parents, vividly illustrating the many models of babyhood, each shaped by deeply held values and widely varying cultural contexts.

Synopsis:

A World of Babies brings alive infant care practices around the world in the form of Dr. Spock-like baby and child care manuals "written" by members of seven real societies. The information, while presented in an imaginative format, is based on extensive research by anthropologists, psychologists, and historians. Encountering fascinating facts about how people in other societies view and raise their babies, readers may be led to see the beliefs and practices of their own society from a new perspective.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-266) and index.

About the Author

JUDY DELOACHE is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is co-editor of Current Readings in Child Development, Third Edition (1998) and co-author of Child Psychology (forthcoming).ALMA GOTTLIEB is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her publications include Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa (1993, with Philip Graham), Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought (1992), and Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (1988, co-edited with Thomas Buckley).

Table of Contents

Foreword Jerome Bruner; 1. If Dr Spock were born in Bali: raising a world of babies Judy S. DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb; 2. A parenting manual with words of advice for Puritan mothers Debbie Reese; 3. Luring your child into this life: a Beng path for infant care Alma Gottlieb; 4. Baby and child care in Bali Marissa Diener; 5. Making babies in a Turkish village Carol Delaney; 6. Infants of the dreaming: a Warlpiri guide to child care Sophia L. Pierroutsakos; 7. The view from the Wuro: a guide to childrearing for Fulani parents Michelle C. Johnson; 8. Never leave your little one alone: raising an Ifaluk child Huynh-Nhu Le.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521664752
Editor:
DeLoache, Judy S.
Editor:
Gottlieb, Alma
Foreword by:
Bruner, Jerome S.
Foreword:
Bruner, Jerome S.
Editor:
Deloache, Judy S.
Editor:
Gottlieb, Alma
Author:
Gottlieb, Alma
Author:
Deloache, Judy S.
Foreword:
Bruner, Jerome S.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Child rearing
Subject:
Infants & Toddlers - Infants
Subject:
Care and hygiene
Subject:
Socialization
Subject:
Socialization -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Child rearing -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
99-8
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 b/w illus. 1 map
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
8.94x6.08x.80 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 'Manuals' for new parents illustrating many models of babyhood, shaped by different values and cultures.
"Synopsis" by , Are babies divine, or have they the devil in them? Should parents talk to their infants, or is it a waste of time? Answering many questions about the nature and nurturing of infants, seven experts have imagined what a foreign-born Dr Spock might have written if he (or she) were a healer from Bali ... or an Aboriginal grandmother from the Australian desert ... Their 'manuals' offer intriguingly different advice to new parents, vividly illustrating the many models of babyhood, each shaped by deeply held values and widely varying cultural contexts.
"Synopsis" by , A World of Babies brings alive infant care practices around the world in the form of Dr. Spock-like baby and child care manuals "written" by members of seven real societies. The information, while presented in an imaginative format, is based on extensive research by anthropologists, psychologists, and historians. Encountering fascinating facts about how people in other societies view and raise their babies, readers may be led to see the beliefs and practices of their own society from a new perspective.
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