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> The Anthropology of Childhood

The Anthropology of Childhood

Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings


David F. Lancy, Utah State University


How are children raised in different cultures? What is the role of children in society? How are families and communities structured around them? Now available in a revised edition, this book sets out to answer these questions, and argues that our common understandings about children are narrowly culture-bound. Enriched with anecdotes from ethnography and the daily media, the book examines family structure, reproduction, profiles of children's caretakers within the family or community, their treatment at different ages, their play, work,…

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Key features

  • A multidisciplinary text, jargon-free and theoretically transparent, with references to history, psychology, primate studies, and evolutionary biology, so readers from neighbouring disciplines can enjoy the book
  • Richly illustrated with evocative photographs
  • A broad synthesis of the literature, with an encyclopaedic bibliography and vivid anecdotes from ethnography and the daily press


  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

About the book

  • DOI
  • Subjects Anthropological Theory,Anthropology,Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Format: Hardback
    • Publication date: 09 February 2015
    • ISBN: 9781107072664
    • Dimensions (mm): 228 x 152 mm
    • Weight: 1kg
    • Contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • Page extent: 548 pages
    • Availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Format: Paperback
    • Publication date: 02 February 2015
    • ISBN: 9781107420984
    • Dimensions (mm): 228 x 152 mm
    • Weight: 0.88kg
    • Contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • Page extent: 547 pages
    • Availability: In stock
  • Format: Digital
    • Publication date: 28 May 2018
    • ISBN: 9781139680530

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