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Biosocial Perspectives on Children


  • 26 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • Page extent: 176 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.43 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.23
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HQ767.9 .B54 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Children
    • Children--Social conditions--Cross-cultural studies
    • Children--Health and hygiene--Cross-cultural studies
    • Child development--Cross-cultural studies
    • Human evolution

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521572972 | ISBN-10: 0521572975)

Childhood is a uniquely human life-stage, and is both a biological phenomenon and a social construct. Research on children is currently of wide-ranging interest. This book presents reviews of childhood from four major areas of interest - human evolution, sociology/social anthropology, bio-medical anthropology and developmental psychology - to form a biosocial, cross-cultural understanding of childhood. The book places a strong emphasis on how childhood varies from culture to culture, offering examples from developed and developing countries, as well as from other animal species. It will be of interest to students and scholars within the fields of human biology, anthropology, sociology, health studies and developmental psychology.

• First book to provide perspectives on childhood from both biological and social sciences • Written in accessible language by internationally known contributors • Provides state-of-the-art reviews of childhood


1. 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.


'This book is well written and well produced. Nevertheless, this book is a valuable addition to the classrooms and libraries of those of us who work with children.' Deborah L. Crooks, American Journal of Human Biology

'I can't help but recommend a copy of this little gem for the library of all those working in the biosocial sciences.' Human Biology


Catherine Panter-Brick, Barry Bogin, Allison James, Catherine Panter-Brick, Robert A. LeVine, Martin Richards

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