- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (April 17, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385496273
- ISBN-13: 978-0385496278
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Our Children 1st Edition
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Small (Our Babies, Ourselves), a Cornell University anthropologist, compares Western child-rearing practices with those of various non-Western peoples, as well as other mammals, in an effort to "go beyond the narrow confines of one culture, one socioeconomic class, and one species." Where her previous book explored the way culture shapes parenting during an infant's first year, this sequel examines the impact of culture on children's development of language, knowledge, moral reasoning, social roles and gender identity. Much of the book is devoted to scientific claims (especially those deriving from evolutionary biology and psychology) about childhood, a developmental stage unique to humans. She observes some disparities between "expert" and parental knowledge: apparently child development researchers assume "that kids all over the world are essentially the same," yet even among parents in the West, "[t]here is no consensus on the nature of the child." Small also challenges some widely held contemporary Western beliefs, arguing, for example, that although the nuclear family is "accepted in this culture as the `best' family environment for children," there are many advantages to extended families and other forms of communal child rearing. Unfortunately, she has a tiresome knack for stating the obvious ("a child brought up on a rural farm in Kenya is different in most ways from a child brought up in an upper-class household in America"; "the brain is surely one of the big mysteries of science"). Although Small's book is admirably ambitious, it is science lite and may frustrate any reader who has given serious thought to its subject.
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From Library Journal
Small (anthropology, Cornell Univ.) continues the work she started in Our Babies, Ourselves (LJ 07/98), a study of the impact of culture on how we raise infants. Here she focuses on children between one and six, arguing that if we understand the full range of approaches to caring for children, we are more likely to take into account both biological needs and cultural assumptions about what children need and what should be expected from them. Especially fascinating are chapters on language acquisition and children's work. The final two chapters, which are culturally relative perspectives on child abuse and overscheduling children in day care, lessons, and organized social activities, are likely to stimulate discussion, if not controversy. Her concise, readable treatment of cross-cultural differences in child-rearing will interest everyone from high school students to grandparents, with or without children. If the success of her previous books is any indication, Small will have a strong publicity push, with TV and radio time, so patrons will be asking after this. Highly recommended for school, public, and academic libraries. Paula R. Dempsey, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago
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