Small asserts that our ideas about how to raise our kids are as much a result of our culture as our biology, and that, in fact, many of the values we place on child-rearing practices are based in culture rather than biology. Small writes, "Every act by parents, every goal that molds that act, has a foundation in what is appropriate for that particular culture. In this sense, no parenting style is 'right' and no style is 'wrong.' It is appropriate or inappropriate only according to the culture." Our Babies, Ourselves is a wonderful read for anyone interested in the social sciences, and will be especially meaningful to those swept up in the wild adventure of parenting. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Made a lot of sense to me. There is a lot of criticism of the American approach to baby upbringing, but that's becuase of the author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vera Pasynkova
received as expected book was in great condition like newPublished 6 months ago by William Marcavage
This book is completely fascinating, and completely reassuring (for me, at least, as a pregnant lady). Read morePublished 6 months ago by CPaice
You really have to slog through a lot of academic and relatively uninformative writing to get to the interesting parts of this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anna Callahan
I loved this! It is wonderful to learn about the anthropology of child rearing and the evolution of certain cultures infant/ adult dyads. It has helped inform my mothering!Published 12 months ago by tray
Meredith Small shows us how humans changed their way of giving birth and raising children, from the ancient hunter-gatherer cultures to the industrialised cultures of today. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Annelie Pernthaler