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

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

by Inge Bolin
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University of Texas Press
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Growing up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292712980
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • 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?
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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