Growing up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru / Edition 1

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Far from the mainstream of society, the pastoral community of Chillihuani in the high Peruvian Andes rears children who are well-adjusted, creative, and curious. They exhibit superior social and cognitive skills and maintain an attitude of respect for all life as they progress smoothly from childhood to adulthood without a troubled adolescence. What makes such child-rearing success even more remarkable is that "childhood" is not recognized as a distinct phase of life. Instead, children assume adult rights and responsibilities at an early age in order to help the community survive in a rugged natural environment and utter material poverty.

This beautifully written ethnography provides the first full account of child-rearing practices in the high Peruvian Andes. Inge Bolin traces children's lives from birth to adulthood and finds truly amazing strategies of child rearing, as well as impressive ways of living that allow teenagers to enjoy the adolescent stage of their lives while contributing significantly to the welfare of their families and the community. Throughout her discussion, Bolin demonstrates that traditional practices of respect, whose roots reach back to pre-Columbian times, are what enable the children of the high Andes to mature into dignified, resilient, and caring adults.

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What People Are Saying

Thomas M. Davies
This is a wonderful book, a brilliant book, one that explains Andean culture in a totally unique and fascinating way.
Thomas M. Davies, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Latin American History, San Diego State University
Thomas M. Davies
"This is a wonderful book, a brilliant book, one that explains Andean culture in a totally unique and fascinating way."
Wade Davis
"Societal changes have consequences, and how a people choose to raise their children reveals much about their values and spirit of place. Andean children, (though living with material scarcity), are fully entwined in a network of reciprocal obligations, thereby discovering the meaning of being human. It is this culture of respect that Inge Bolin reveals in this splendid and original book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292712980
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Inge Bolin is a Research Associate in Anthropology at Malaspina University College in British Columbia, Canada.
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Table of Contents

Raising Children in Poverty
Village Structure, Living Conditions, and Subsistence Strategies
Fieldwork and Research Methods
Change: For Better or for Worse
Central Ideas of Chapters
Chapter 1. From the Womb to the Cradle
Pregnancy and Its Prevention
Giving Birth
Caring for the Newborn
Unuchakuy--An Ancient Rite of Baptism
When Things Go Wrong at Birth
Sick Infants
Chapter 2. Early Childhood
Learning to Care in a Culture of Respect
Enculturation and Socialization
Becoming Part of the Adult World
Children's Rights and Responsibilities
A Typical Day with a Chillihuani Family
Disabled Children
When Death Comes Too Soon

Chapter 3. Children at Play and Work
Developing Creativity through Play
Games Children Play
Children at Work

Chapter 4. The Many Faces of Learning
Laying the Foundations for Creative and Holistic Thinking
Schooling in Chillihuani
A New School Curriculum
Mathematics--The Favorite Topic of Chillihuani Children
Weaving and Mathematics

Chapter 5. Rituals and Ceremonies on Top of the World
Pukllay--An Ancient Way to Play and Celebrate
Suyay Ch'isin--The First Night of Rituals
Ch'allaska in Honor of the Family Herds
Dancing amid Thunder and Lightning

Chapter 6. Adolescence: A Time of Many Challenges
Gender Complementarity and Cooperation
An Adolescence Free from Stress?
Approaching Adult Life
Rondas Campesinas: Strengthening Solidarity and Self-Defense

Chapter 7. Building a Society of Respect
What Makes for a Happy Childhood?
Learning the Skills for Life
Adolescents' Integration into Adulthood
What Does It Take to Build a Society of Respect?


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