Introduction to Childhood Anthropological Perspectives on Children's Lives

ISBN-10: 140512590X
ISBN-13: 9781405125901
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Childhood within Anthropology
Introduction
Children: The First Primitives
Culture and Personality
Cross-Cultural Studies of Child-Rearing
Children in British Anthropology
The Gendered Child
Child-Centered Anthropology
Conclusion
What is a Child?
Introduction
Childhood as a Modern Idea: The Influence of Philippe Aries
Conceptualizations of Childhood
Children as Incompetent or Subordinate
Children as Equals
Children as a Means of Forming Families and Giving Status
Children as an Economic Investment
Unwanted and Nonhuman Children
Conclusion
The Beginning of Childhood
Introduction
Fetuses
Spirit Children
Reincarnation
Anomalies
Conclusion
Family, Friends, and Peers
Introduction
The Role of Parents
Adoption and Fosterage
Children outside the Family
Siblings
Friends and Peer Groups
Conclusion
Talking, Playing, and Working
Introduction
Learning Language
Children and Play
Work or Play?
Conclusion
Discipline, Punishment, and Abuse
Introduction
Discipline and Punishment in the Western Tradition
Physical Punishment
Alternatives to Physical Punishment
Who Can Punish Children?
Child Abuse
Conclusion
Children and Sexuality
Introduction
Anthropology, Sexuality, and Childhood
Children and Sex: The Influence of Freud
Incest and Abuse
Ethnographies of Children and Sexuality
Child Prostitution
Conclusion
Adolescence and Initiation
Introduction
What is Adolescence?
Adolescence and Globalization
Initiation
Initiation: A Psychological Approach
Initiation and Education
Initiation and Gender
Initiation: The End of Childhood?
Conclusion
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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