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Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent Paperback – Illustrated, May 4, 1999

4.6 out of 5 stars 152 ratings

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"So packed with compelling information about parenting practices around the globe that the reader may have trouble putting it down."
--Salon

"Nothing less than a liberation. For too long parents have agonized...that there is one 'right' way to raise an infant. With engaging wit and profound scholarship...Small opens our eyes to the variety of child-care practices in other cultures."
--James Shreeve, author of The Neanderthal Enigma

"Wise, humane and packed with information."
--Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, professor of anthropology, University of California, Davis.

"In elegant, engaging prose, Meredith Small shows the mother-child relation to be a microcosm of society."
--Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D.

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are faced with innumerable decisions to make regarding the best way to care for their baby, and, naturally, they often turn for guidance to friends and family members who have already raised children. But as scientists are discovering, much of the trusted advice that has been passed down through generations needs to be carefully reexamined.

A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do--and to suggest that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parenting.

In this ground-breaking book, anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics. Professor Small joins pediatricians, child-development researchers, and anthropologists across the country who are studying to what extent the way we parent our infants is based on biological needs and to what extent it is based on culture

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  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 292 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0385483627
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0385483629
  • Product Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.67 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Anchor; Illustrated Edition (May 4, 1999)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 152 ratings
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