Child Care and Culture

Lessons from Africa

Child Care and Culture
  • By Robert A. Levine


    By Sarah Levine


    By Suzanne Dixon


    By Amy Richman


    By P. Herbert Leiderman


    By Constance H. Keefer


    By T. Berry Brazelton

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:May 2010

    Online ISBN:9780511720321

    Hardback ISBN:9780521331715

    Paperback ISBN:9780521575461

  • Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511720321

    Subjects: Developmental psychology

Child Care and Culture examines parenthood, infancy, and early childhood in an African community, revealing patterns unanticipated by current theories of child development and raising provocative questions about the concept of "normal" child care. Comparing the Gusii people of Kenya with the American white middle class, the authors show how divergent cultural priorities create differing conditions for early childhood development. Combining the perspectives of social anthropology, pediatrics, and developmental psychology, the authors demonstrate how child care customs can be responsive to varied socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural conditions without inflicting harm on children. This text will be of interest to researchers in child development and anthropology.


 Reviews:

"Child Care and Culture provides an outstanding model for how to bring population-level cultural or ethnic variation into the study of parenting and human development not only in far-off places like Africa, but everywhere." Thomas S. Weisner, Contemporary Psychology

"This book presents not only a wealth of investigation and description about infancy in East Africa, but raises questions about the very foundations of human consciousness...Child Care and Culture provides an interesting and provocative look at American theories in contrast with Gusii practices, and expands concepts of the meaning of early human experience to life in each society." The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"This well-written and engaging book provides a glimpse into this world and how it has changed over the past 40 years....Child Care and Culture is a valuable and provocative book. It describes an important project and raises interesting questions about the nature and course of human development. Finally, the authors are to be commended for conducting a project that has contributed in both scholarly and humanitarian ways." Mary Gauvain, Mind, Culture, and Activity

"Child Care and Culture provides an outsatnding model for how to bring population-level cultural or ethnic variation into the study of parenting and human development..." Thomas S. Weisner, Contemporary Psychology

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