A World of Babies
Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies
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World of Babies by Judy DeLoache
Book DescriptionAre 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 childcare 'manuals' in this book reveal, experts worldwide offer intriguingly different advice to new parents. 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'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521664752
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Judy DeLoache
How Children Develop, Hardback (March 2014)» View all books by Judy DeLoache
Written for topically-organized child development modules, How Children Develop provides a fresh perspective on the field of child development, emphasizing fundamental principles, enduring themes and important recent studies. The authors - all noted scholars and respected researchers are exceptionally skillful at making difficult topics accessible.
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Author Biography - Judy DeLoache
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).
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