Child Care and Culture: Lessons from Africa by Robert A. Levine, Sarah Levine, Suzanne Dixon, Amy Richman,

By Robert A. Levine, Sarah Levine, Suzanne Dixon, Amy Richman, P. Herbert Leiderman, Constance H. Keefer, T. Berry Brazelton

Baby Care and tradition examines parenthood, infancy, and early formative years in an African group, revealing styles unanticipated via present theories of kid improvement and elevating provocative questions about the concept that of "normal" baby care. evaluating the Gusii humans of Kenya with the yank white center classification, the authors exhibit how divergent cultural priorities create differing stipulations for early adolescence improvement. Combining the views of social anthropology, pediatrics, and developmental psychology, the authors exhibit how baby care customs may be aware of assorted socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural stipulations with no causing damage on young ones. this article will be of curiosity to researchers in baby improvement and anthropology.

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Therefore a minority of married men in a given population may be polygynous at any time, with the monogamists being younger men, most of whom will eventually become polygynists when they obtain the resources to pay bridewealth for additional wives. What this means from the child's point of view is: (1) Most children are born to men who are eventually polygynists. (2) Some children are raised in initially monogamous homes in which their father takes a second wife at some point during their childhood or after they grow up.

The reasons why abstinence eroded much more rapidly in some places than in others are not clear. It virtually disappeared in those parts of Africa where cow's milk was available for the postweaning diet of children (making possible an abbreviation of breast-feeding without additional risk of protein-calorie malnutrition), but it was also eliminated in some other areas, possibly due to the introduction of modern medical services, which might have given mothers greater confidence in the survival chances of their infants.

African agriculture and animal husbandry are labor intensive, and there are many tasks that can be performed by children, to the benefit of the family. In adulthood, children are expected to provide their aging parents with a level of security and protection that could not be expected 32 African infancy from others. Furthermore, kin groups based on descent can survive only if they acquire new members in each generation, and the defense of their collective resources (usually land and cattle) requires able-bodied men.

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