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A World of Babies By Edited by Judy DeLoache

A World of Babies
by Edited by Judy DeLoache

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Imagining what a foreign-born Dr Spock might have written if he (or she) were a Balinese healer or an Aboriginal grandmother from the Australian desert, seven experts have written 'manuals' for new parents, vividly illustrating the many models of babyhood, shaped by deeply held values and varying cultural contexts.
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A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies by Edited by Judy DeLoache

Are babies divine, or do they have the devil in them? Should parents talk to their infants, or is it a waste of time? Answers to questions about the nature and nurture of infants appear in this book as advice to parents in seven world societies. Imagine what Dr Spock might have written if he were a healer from Bali ... or an Aboriginal grandmother from the Australian desert ... or a diviner from a rural village in West Africa. As the seven childcare 'manuals' in this book reveal, experts worldwide offer intriguingly different advice to new parents. The creative format of this book brings alive a rich fund of ethnographic knowledge, vividly illustrating a simple but powerful truth: there exist many models of babyhood, each shaped by deeply held values and widely varying cultural contexts. After reading this book, you will never again view child rearing as a matter of 'common sense'.

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'A World of Babies is a witty, charming, and yet thoughtful and informative book that ... is ... for anyone who has ever wondered if babies are raised the same everywhere. A World of Babies, with its seven truth-filled fictional manuals on child-rearing from different parts of the world, gently persuades us that bringing a new person into existence is always a question of culture and history.' Ruth Behar, University of Michigan
'If you ever find yourself assuming that there's just one right way - your way - to bring up babies, read this book. It's highly enjoyable and such a good idea that I only wish I'd thought of it myself.' Penelope Leach, Ph.D.
'A refreshingly creative strategy to communicate the extraordinary variety in beliefs and rearing practices that can produce healthy, happy children. Every American parent should reflect on these cultural essays.' Jerome Kagan, Harvard University
'Read these pages. This is a very moving book and a revealing one.' Jerome Bruner, New York University, from the Foreword
'Judy DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb's book is just delightful. What a treat to read about the early child rearing practices in seven cultures around the world. The universals and the individual differences are just wonderful. This book should be a treat for all parents everywhere.' T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Harvard Medical School
'A fascinating, first-of-a-kind book ... We learn a tremendous amount about each culture as we read the guidelines its members might have written for raising babies, for it is in these rules that the members of a culture display their deepest beliefs and highest ideals. Their extreme differences teach us to look beyond the narrow confines of our own childraising customs and to celebrate the rich diversity of the human family.' Robbie Davis-Floyd, author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage
'Having a baby is a life-enhancing and mind-extending trip into new lands, much like the marvelous anthropology of child rearing in this book. Take its expedition, and it may help clarify the values and contexts of your own parenting, and bring the world's children into clearer focus.' Catherine Lutz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
'... an entertaining and educational collection of invented guidebooks spanning the globe ... intriguing ...' Booklist
'This unusual compilation makes for ... fascinating reading'. Library Journal
'... an interesting starting point for culturally informed research on child development.' Common Knowledge
'This is a wonderful volume that trends a creative line between anthropology and fiction. ... They form a collection tat might well surprise the lay reader and delight students in class ... an excellent teaching-tool ... the text can be very moving. ... It is the creativeness of the chosen format that makes it delightful. Catherine Panther-Brick, University of Durham
'This is a charming book written with great care to explain each culture's different takes on birthing and raising children ...' bookreporter.com
"... a fascinating account of parenting practices outside the western norm." Mothering
"Judy DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb's book is just delightful. What a treat to read about the early child rearing practices in seven cultures around the world. The universals and the individual differences are just wonderful. This book should be a treat for all parents everywhere." T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
"A World of Babies is a witty, charming, and yet thoughtful and informative book that delivers anthropological insights painlessly....A World of Babies, with its seven truth-filled fictional manuals on child-rearing in different parts of the world, gently persuades us that bringing a new person into existence is always a question of culture and history. Put away your volumes of Dr. Spock and enter a world where there is no final wisdom about what is best for baby; only as many variations on the theme as there are ways of imagining what it means to create a new human life." Ruth Behar, University of Michigan
"A refreshingly creative strategy to communicate the extraordinary variety in beliefs and rearing practices that can produce healthy, happy children. Every American parent should reflect on these cultural essays." Jerome Kagan, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and author of Infancy: Its Place in Human Development
"If you ever find yourself assuming that there's just one right way--your way--to bring up babies, read this book. It's highly enjoyable and such a good idea that I only wish I'd thought of it myself." Penelope Leach, Ph.D.
"Having a baby is a life-enhancing and mind-extending trip into new lands, much like the marvelous anthropology of child rearing in this book. Take its expedition and it may help clarify the values and contexts of your own parenting, and bring the world's children into the clearer focus of our knowledge and concern." Catherine Lutz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"A fascinating, first-of-a-kind book....We learn a tremendous amount about each culture as we read the guidelines its members might have written for raising babies, for it is in these rules that the members of a culture display their deepest beliefs and highest ideals. Their extreme differences teach us to look beyond the narrow confines of our own childraising customs and to celebrate the rich diversity of the human family." Robbie Davis-Floyd, Author, Birth as an American Rite of Passage
"...fascinating reading...." Library Journal
"This is an entertaining and educational collection of invented guidebooks spanning the globe....an intriguing opportunity to learn about other cultures." Booklist
"A World of Babies is a fascinating book and is easy to read. It will make a wonderful addition to perinatal health professionals' personal and lending libraries and a nice gift for second- and third-time moms who already have Spock, Brazelton, and/or Leach on their bookshelves." J Hum Lact

About Edited by Judy DeLoache


JUDY DELOACHE is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is co-editor of Current Readings in Child Development, Third Edition (1998) and co-author of Child Psychology (forthcoming). ALMA GOTTLIEB is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her publications include Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa (1993, with Philip Graham), Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought (1992), and Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (1988, co-edited with Thomas Buckley).

Table of Contents


Foreword Jerome Bruner; 1. If Dr Spock were born in Bali: raising a world of babies Judy S. DeLoache and Alma Gottlieb; 2. A parenting manual with words of advice for Puritan mothers Debbie Reese; 3. Luring your child into this life: a Beng path for infant care Alma Gottlieb; 4. Baby and child care in Bali Marissa Diener; 5. Making babies in a Turkish village Carol Delaney; 6. Infants of the dreaming: a Warlpiri guide to child care Sophia L. Pierroutsakos; 7. The view from the Wuro: a guide to childrearing for Fulani parents Michelle C. Johnson; 8. Never leave your little one alone: raising an Ifaluk child Huynh-Nhu Le.

Additional information

GOR002605927
A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies by Edited by Judy DeLoache
Edited by Judy DeLoache
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2000-05-18
296
0521662648
9780521662642
N/A
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