The Anthropology of Childhood

Author: David F. Lancy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107072664
Release Date: 2014-12-18
Genre: Social Science

Enriched with anecdotes from ethnography and the daily media, this revised edition examines family structure, reproduction, profiles of children's caretakers, their treatment at different ages, their play, work, schooling, and transition to adulthood. The result is a nuanced and credible picture of childhood in different cultures, past and present.

An Introduction to Childhood

Author: Heather Montgomery
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405125918
Release Date: 2008-10-24
Genre: Social Science

In An Introduction to Childhood, Heather Montgomery examines the role children have played within anthropology, how they have been studied by anthropologists and how they have been portrayed and analyzed in ethnographic monographs over the last one hundred and fifty years. Offers a comprehensive overview of childhood from an anthropological perspective Draws upon a wide range of examples and evidence from different geographical areas and belief systems Synthesizes existing literature on the anthropology of childhood, while providing a fresh perspective Engages students with illustrative ethnographies to illuminate key topics and themes

Raising Children

Author: David F. Lancy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108415095
Release Date: 2017-06-15
Genre: Social Science

Why in some parts of the world do parents rarely play with their babies and never with toddlers? Why in some cultures are children not fully recognized as individuals until they are older? How are routine habits of etiquette and hygiene taught - or not - to children in other societies? Drawing on a lifetime's experience as an anthropologist, David F. Lancy takes us on a journey across the globe to show how children are raised differently in different cultures. Intriguing, and sometimes shocking, his discoveries demonstrate that our ideas about children are recent, untested, and often contrast starkly with those in other parts of the world. Lancy argues that we are, by historical standards, guilty of over-parenting, of micro-managing our children's lives. Challenging many of our accepted truths, his book will encourage parents to think differently about children, and by doing so to feel more relaxed about their own parenting skills.

The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood

Author: David F. Lancy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780759113220
Release Date: 2009-12-31
Genre: Social Science

This first major anthropological reference book on childhood learning considers the cultural aspects of learning in childhood from the points of view of psychologists, sociologists, educators, and anthropologists.

The Ethics of Everyday Life

Author: Michael Banner
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191030772
Release Date: 2014-10-23
Genre: Religion

The moments in Christ's human life noted in the creeds (his conception, birth, suffering, death, and burial) are events which would likely appear in a syllabus for a course in social anthropology, for they are of special interest and concern in human life, and also sites of contention and controversy, where what it is to be human is discovered, constructed, and contested. In other words, these are the occasions for profound and continuing questioning regarding the meaning of human life, as controversies to do with IVF, abortion, euthanasia, and the use of bodies or body parts post mortem plainly indicate. Thus the following questions arise, how do the instances in Christ's life represent human life, and how do these representations relate to present day cultural norms, expectations, and newly emerging modes of relationship, themselves shaping and framing human life? How does the Christian imagination of human life, which dwells on and draws from the life of Christ, not only articulate its own, but also come into conversation with and engage other moral imaginaries of the human? Michael Banner argues that consideration of these questions requires study of moral theology, therefore, he reconceives its nature and tasks, and in particular, its engagement with social anthropology. Drawing from social anthropology and Christian thought and practice from many periods, and influenced especially by his engagement in public policy matters including as a member of the UK's Human Tissue Authority, Banner aims to develop the outlines of an everyday ethics, stretching from before the cradle to after the grave.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development

Author: Peter K. Smith
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444390910
Release Date: 2010-11-11
Genre: Psychology

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition presents an authoritative and up-to-date overview of research and theory concerning a child's social development from pre-school age to the onset of adolescence. Presents the most up-to-date research and theories on childhood social development Features chapters by an international cast of leaders in their fields Includes comprehensive coverage of a range of disciplinary perspectives Offers all new chapters on children and the environment, cultural influences, history of childhood, interventions, and neuro-psychological perspectives Represents an essential resource for students and researchers of childhood social development


Author: Catherine Allerton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474258197
Release Date: 2016-05-19
Genre: Social Science

Conducting ethnographic fieldwork with children presents anthropologists with particular challenges and limitations, as well as rewards and insights. Children: Ethnographic Encounters presents ten vivid accounts of researchers' experiences of working with children across a variety of cultural contexts. Part of the Ethnographic Encounters series, the book offers honest reflections on successes as well as failures and shows that in all cases – even those that 'failed' – anthropologists can learn something about children's position in their social world. Going beyond the usual focus on North America and Europe, the text offers comparative insights into the nature of childhood in different societies. The chapters provide first-hand accounts of fieldwork with children in diverse geographical places such as Mexico, the Ecuadorian Amazon, Rwanda, central India, Thailand, Malaysia, and China. The book provides hope, encouragement and inspiration to anyone planning to undertake ethnographic fieldwork with children and provides important insights to students and researchers working in the growing field of anthropology of children and childhood, in childhood studies, and related fields.

Recess Battles

Author: Anna R. Beresin
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1604737395
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Education

"Anna Beresin---'recess lady'---has brought her long-term study of the folklore of children in an elementary school on the `wrong side of the tracks' to a welcome conclusion. The book is that rare offering that provides pleasure and enlightenment in the minute---gem-like scenes of children playing---and more globally. The global issues could not be more timely or pressing. In the interest of protecting and educating them, poor children's lives in school have been drained of nearly all self-will, spontaneity and peer interaction. The gains---in improved test scores, lowered security costs, and a reduction in teacher and parent complaints---may not justify the draconian measures that have been taken. Recess Battles makes the point forcefully that adults observing recess grossly overestimate and misinterpret the violence and conflict that occur. So the `battles' among children on the playground lead to battles between those who would eliminate or tame recess and the children---who thrive on the opportunities for growth, interaction and sheer joy that only recess can provide."---David F. Lancy, author of The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings "Recess Battles is a splendid book and an extremely sophisticated treatment of a set of issues that are usually treated only partially and/or superficially. A close descriptive account of recess play at an inner-city elementary school, the writing is magisterial---there is an ease in it that conceals the subtlety of what is being said. How sad it is that recess play, especially in schools that are under intense `high stakes testing' accountability pressure, has become an endangered species. This book documents aspects of contemporary urban children's play, in word and in body, in a way that nothing else I know of does. It's a gem."---Frederick Erickson, author of Talk and Social Theory: Ecologies of Speaking and Listening in Everyday Life

Roosters at Midnight

Author: Robert Albro
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
ISBN: 1934691186
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Political Science

Roosters at Midnight is an ethnography about the political lives and careers of a growing urban-dwelling and indigenous constituency that operates primarily within the informal economy in and around the provincial capital Quillacollo.

Anthropology News

ISBN: IND:30000129023598
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Anthropological linguistics

Childhood and Violence in the Western Tradition

Author: L. W. B. Brockliss
Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited
ISBN: NWU:35556040942336
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Family & Relationships

Childhood and Violence in the Western Tradition works like a kaleidoscope, revealing new ways of seeing and new patterns of thinking about the role of violence in children's lives. Moving from the Judaic and Graeco-Roman origins of European civilisation to the present, it examines the cultures of violence in children's lives and the covert ferocity that lies at the heart of adult/child relationships. In a series of short essays, linked together by the editors under a series of thematic heads, the 34 contributors each look at a different aspect of violence and the impact that it has on children's lives. Ranging from child labour in ancient Mycenae to eugenics and abortion in the contemporary world, this book examines the often uncomfortable association between children and violence and looks at children's roles as victims, perpetrators and colluders in violence. By examining the ways in which peoples in the past have understood childhood and consequently how they have treated children, this book reveals the changing relationship between violence and childhood, as well as the links between parents, the state and the child. By placing our contemporary concern about abusive parenting in an historical perspective, the dimensions of the problem are better understood.

Children and Migration

Author: Marisa O. Ensor
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: NWU:35556041538414
Release Date: 2010-09-09
Genre: Family & Relationships

Providing a comprehensive analysis of the increasingly common phenomenon of child migration, this volume examines the experiences of children in a wide variety of migratory circumstances including economic child migrants, transnational students, trafficked, stateless, fostered, unaccompanied and undocumented children.


ISBN: NWU:35556039813183
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Ethnology