The Afterlife is Where We Come from

- The Culture of Infancy in West Africa

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The Afterlife is Where We Come from
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
23-12-2003
Sprog:
Engelsk
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When a new baby arrives among the Beng people of West Africa, they see it not as being born, but as being reincarnated after a rich life in a previous world. Far from being a tabula rasa, a Beng infant is thought to begin its life filled with spiritual knowledge. How do these beliefs affect the way the Beng rear their children? In this unique and engaging ethnography of babies, Alma Gottlieb explores how religious ideology affects every aspect of Beng childrearing practices--from bathing infants to protecting them from disease to teaching them how to crawl and walk--and how widespread poverty limits these practices. A mother of two, Gottlieb includes moving discussions of how her experiences among the Beng changed the way she saw her own parenting. Throughout the book she also draws telling comparisons between Beng and Euro-American parenting, bringing home just how deeply culture matters to the way we all rear our children. All parents and anyone interested in the place of culture in the lives of infants, and vice versa, will enjoy The Afterlife Is Where We Come From. "This wonderfully reflective text should provide the impetus for formulating research possibilities about infancy and toddlerhood for this century." -- Caren J. Frost, Medical Anthropology Quarterly "Alma Gottlieb's careful and thought-provoking account of infancy sheds spectacular light upon a much neglected topic. . . . [It] makes a strong case for the central place of babies in anthropological accounts of religion. Gottlieb's remarkably rich account, delivered after a long and reflective period of gestation, deserves a wide audience across a range of disciplines."--Anthony Simpson, Critique of Anthropology

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Udgivelsesdato:
23-12-2003
ISBN13:
9780226305011
Vægt:
672 g
Dybde:
25 mm
Bredde:
155 mm
Højde:
234 mm
Format:
Hardback
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Bibliotekernes beskrivelse In this ethnography of babies, Alma Gottlieb focusses on the Beng people of West Africa. A Beng infant is thought to begin life filled with spiritual knowledge, having been reincarnated after a rich life in a previous world. 2 maps, 6 figures, 53halftones, 2line drawings

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