Hunter-gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental, and Cultural Perspectives

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Barry S. Hewlett, Michael E. Lamb
Transaction Publishers - Psychology - 467 pages
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In the vast anthropological literature devoted to hunter-gatherer societies, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the place of hunter-gatherer children. Children often represent 40 percent of hunter-gatherer populations, thus nearly half the population is omitted from most hunter-gatherer ethnographies and research. This volume is designed to bridge the gap in our understanding of the daily lives, knowledge, and development of hunter-gatherer children.

The twenty-six contributors to Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods use three general but complementary theoretical approaches--evolutionary, developmental, cultural--in their presentations of new and insightful ethnographic data. For instance, the authors employ these theoretical orientations to provide the first systematic studies of hunter-gatherer children's hunting, play, infant care by children, weaning and expressions of grief. The chapters focus on understanding the daily life experiences of children, and their views and feelings about their lives and cultural change. Chapters address some of the following questions: why does childhood exist, who cares for hunter-gatherer children, what are the characteristic features of hunter-gatherer children's development and what are the impacts of culture change on hunter-gatherer child care? The book is divided into five parts. The first section provides historical, theoretical and conceptual framework for the volume; the second section examines data to test competing hypotheses regarding why childhood is particularly long in humans; the third section expands on the second section by looking at who cares for hunter-gatherer children; the fourth section explores several developmental issues such as weaning, play and loss of loved ones; and, the final section examines the impact of sedentism and schools on hunter-gatherer children.

This pioneering volume will help to stimulate further research and scholarship on hunter-gatherer childhoods, thereby advancing our understanding of the way of life that characterized most of human history and of the processes that may have shaped both human development and human evolution.

Barry S. Hewlett is professor of anthropology at Washington State University, Vancouver. Michael E. Lamb is professor of psychology in the social sciences, Cambridge University.

 

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Contents

Emerging Issues in the Study of HunterGatherer Children
3
HunterGatherer Infancy and Childhood The Kung and Others
19
Comes the Child before Man How Cooperative Breeding and Prolonged Postweaning Dependence Shaped Human Potential
65
Studying Children in HunterGatherer Societies Reflections from a Nayaka Perspective
92
Why Does Childhood Exist?
103
Introduction
105
What Makes a Competent Adult Forager?
109
Martu Childrens Hunting Strategies in the Western Desert Australia
129
The Growth and Kinship Resources of Juhoansi Children
262
Social Emotional Cognitive and Motor Development
283
Introduction
285
MotherInfant Interactions among the Xun Analysis of Gymnastic and Breastfeeding Behaviors
289
Weanling Emotional Patterns among the Bofi Foragers of Central Africa The Role of Maternal Availability and Sensitivity
309
Vulnerable Lives The Experience of Death and Loss among the Aka and Ngandu Adolescents of the Central African Republic
322
Play among Baka Children in Cameroon
343
Culture Change and Future Research
361

Growing Up Mikea Childrens Time Allocation and Tuber Foraging in Southwestern Madagascar
147
Who Cares for HunterGatherer Children?
173
Introduction
175
Who Tends Hadza Children?
177
Child Caretakers Among Efe Foragers of the Ituri Forest
191
Older Hadza Men and Women as Helpers Residence Data
214
Juvenile Responses to Household Ecology Among the Yora of Peruvian Amazonia
237
Introduction
363
Infant Care among the Sedentarized Baka HunterGatherers in Southeastern Cameroon
365
Deforesting among Andamanese Children Political Economy and History of Schooling
385
Reflections on HunterGatherer Childhoods
407
References
417
Index
459
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