- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226305023
- ISBN-13: 978-0226305028
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Afterlife Is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa 1st Edition
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“Alma Gottlieb’s careful and thought-provoking account of infancy sheds spectacular light upon a much neglected topic. . . . [It] makes a strong case for the central place of babies in anthropological accounts of religion. Gottlieb’s remarkably rich account, delivered after a long and reflective period of gestation, deserves a wide audience across a range of disciplines.”
care of them. The book gives us a chance to discover and empathize with a very different, faraway world of mothers and babies, and at the same time makes us think about our own children in a new way.”<Alison Gopnik, author of The Scientist in the Crib
able to contextualize Beng infancy in terms of specific issues arising out of the slender field of anthropology and infancy, while at the same time drawing attention to how infant research might proceed in the future... Specialists in the study of infancy will find this book to be invaluable for its topical completeness and powerful methodology."<Phillip Kilbride, Bryn Mawr College
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In this unique and engaging ethnography of babies, Alma Gottlieb explores how religious ideology affects every aspect of Beng childrearing practices—from bathing infants to protecting them from disease to teaching them how to crawl and walk—and how widespread poverty limits these practices. A mother of two, Gottlieb includes moving discussions of how her experiences among the Beng changed the way she saw her own parenting. Throughout the book she also draws telling comparisons between Beng and Euro-American parenting, bringing home just how deeply culture matters to the way we all rear our children.
All parents and anyone interested in the place of culture in the lives of infants, and vice versa, will enjoy The Afterlife Is Where We Come From.