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Psychological and Medical Anthropology: Human Development & Enculturation

Human Development & Enculturation

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, these books when accessing from off-campus and are available in the Geisel Library.  A few of the sources are available online--for those which indicate "UCSD only" please follow these instructions 

Barlow, Kathleen and Bambi L. Chapin  (2010)  "Mothering as Everyday Practice" Special issue of Ethos 38(4).  Online access, UCSD only.

Briggs, Jean L. (1970) Never in anger: portrait of an Eskimo Family.

Briggs, Jean L. (1990) Inuit morality play: the education of a three-year-old.

Fong, Vanessa L. (2004) Only Hope: Coming of Age under China's One-child Policy.

Fong, Vanessa L. (2011) Paradise Redefined: Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World.

Goldman, L. R. (1998), Child’s play: myth, mimesis, and make-believe.

Gottlieb, Alma (2004) “Do Babies have Culture?” chap. 2 in The Afterlife Is Where We Come From: The culture of infancy in West Africa.  

Hallowell, A. Irving (1955), Culture and Experience.

Hallowell, A. Irving (1976), Contributions to Anthropology: selected papers of A. I. Hallowell.

Harkness, Sara (1992), “Human development in psychological anthropology” in New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, T. Schwartz, G. White, and C. Lutz, eds., pp. 102-122.

Harkness, Sara and Charles M. Super, eds. (1996) Parents’ cultural belief systems.

Heath, Shirley Brice (1990), “The children of Trackton’s children: spoken and written language in social change,” in Cultural Psychology: essays on comparative human development, J. Stigler, R. Shweder, and G. Herdt, eds., pp. 496-519.

Heath, Shirley Brice(1996 ed.), Ways with words: language, life, and work in communities and classrooms.

Hrdy, Sara Blaffer(2009)  Mothers and others: the evolutionary origins of mutual understanding.Kusserow, Adrie (2004) American Individualisms: Child rearing and Social Class in Three Neighborhoods.

Kelly-Byrne, Diana (1989), A child’s play life: an ethnographic study

LeVine, Robert A. et al. (1994), Child care and Culture: lessons from Africa.

LeVine, Robert A. (1990), “Infant environments in psychoanalysis: a cross-cultural view,” in Cultural psychology: essays on comparative human development, J. Stigler, R. Shweder, and G. Herdt, eds., pp. 454-474.

LeVine, Robert A. and Karin Norman (2001), “The infant’s acquisition of culture: early attachment reexamined in anthropological perspective,” in The psychology of cultural experience, Carmella C. Moore and Holly F. Mathews, eds., pp. 83-104.

Munroe, Robert and Ruth Munroe (1975), Cross-cultural human development.

Ochs, Eleanor and Bambi Schieffelin (1984), “Language acquisition and socialization: three developmental stories and their implications,” in Culture theory: essays on mind, self, and emotion, R. Shweder and R. LeVine (eds.), pp. 276-320.

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy (1985), “Culture, scarcity, and maternal thinking,” Ethos 13: 291-317

Schwartzman, Helen B.  1978  Transformations: The anthropology of children’s play.

Stocking, G. W., Jr. (2004), “A. I. Hallowell’s Boasian Evolutionism: Human Ir/rationality in cross-cultural, evolutionary, and personal context,” in Significant Others: interpersonal and professional commitments in Anthropology, R. Handler, ed., pp. 196-260.

Tobin, Joseph and David Wu, Dana Davidson (1989), Preschool in Three Cultures: Japan, China, and the United States

Tobin, Joseph and Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa (2009).  Preschool in three cultures revisited: China, Japan, and the United States. Online access, UCSD only. Print copies also available in Geisel Library.  

Trawick, Margaret  (1990) “The Lives of Children,” chap. 7 in Notes on Love in a Tamil Family.  Online access, UCSD only. Print copies also available in Geisel Library.  

Wolf, E. (1964), “Santa Claus: notes on a collective representation,” in Process and Pattern in Culture, R. Manners, ed., pp. 147-155

Xu, Jing (2017) The Good Child: moral development in a Chinese preschool

*Please note that Margaret Mead and Erik Erikson's work was formative in this field

Margaret Mead’s studies of childhood and adolescence* were critical in bringing attention to the role of culture in human development, notwithstanding the controversies that surround them.  Erik Erikson**, influenced by Mead among others, also contributed to this realization that cultural factors played a key role; his discussion of the Sioux might also be one of the most important sources of the anthropology of education insofar as it examines the problems that arise  when home and school are based on different cultural patterns).

*e.g. Margaret Mead.  Coming  of age in Samoa; Growing up in New Guinea

**e.g. Erik Erikson.  Childhood and society; Configurations in play; Identity, youth, and crisis; "Observations on Sioux education" Journal of Psychology 7 (1939) 101-156.