I am a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Utah State University. The Anthropology of Childhood:Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings is my 7th scholarly book and the first to address a very broad, informed audience. With this book, a new field of inquiry has been created. I have been teaching in college since 1968 and in 2001 was chosen as Utah's Carnegie Professor. I've done fieldwork in Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad and Sweden. Another recent book-length project (with partners John Bock and Suzanne Gaskins) is titled The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood, which Alta-Mira Press brought out in early 2010.
Recently, Cambridge has published the second edition of The Anthropology of Childhood (with cover photo by Barbara Polak). This edition has been extensively revised with hundreds of additional sources and many new proposals about the nature of childhood.
The main thrust of my work is to change the way we think about childhood. I want to broaden our perspective so that the enormous variation in cultural models of children and their development is acknowledged and becomes incorporated in our policies directed at schooling and child welfare.
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