Biosocial Perspectives on Children / Edition 1by Catherine Panter-Brick
Pub. Date: 04/28/1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Biologically, childhood is the stage from weaning to when the brain stops growing and gaining weight at around 7 years of age, but most societies consider childhood to continue up to puberty. Childhood is therefore both a biological phenomenon and a social construct. This readable collection will enlighten and inform students and scholars wishing to gain an understanding of how childhood has evolved, how it varies across cultures and why it is uniquely human.
Table of Contents1. Introduction: biosocial research on children Catherine Panter-Brick; 2. Evolutionary and biological aspects of childhood Barry Bogin; 3. From the child's point of view: issues in the social construction of childhood Allison James; 4. Biological anthropology and child health: context, process and outcome Catherine Panter-Brick; 5. Child psychology and anthropology: an environmental view Robert A. LeVine; 6. The meeting of nature and nurture and the development of children: some conclusions Martin Richards; Glossary; Index.
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