Not the birth of a baby, but of a new science, ethnopediatrics. Pediatricians, child development researchers, and anthropologists today have turned their research efforts to studying this new science of why we parent our children the way we do. Each culture, and often each family, offers advice and directives on the right and wrong way to raise and care for infants, from feeding, interaction, emotional support, sleeping, and more. Yet scientists are finding that what we are taught is the right way to parent our children is based on nothing more than cultural directives-and may even run directly counter to a baby's biological needs.
Career[ edit ] Small entered the field in the late s working on captive macaques at the California Primate Center in Davis, California, where she received a Ph.
She worked in the anthropological genetics laboratory of David Glenn Smith and spent one year in France studying the mating and mother-infant behavior of Barbary macaques.
Small also spent some time in Bali, Indonesia, working on crab-eating or long-tail macaques. In Small moved to Cornell University where she was a professor of anthropology untilthe first woman in the department to become a full professor. Inshe was named a Weiss Presidential Fellow, the highest teaching award at Cornell.
Small began writing extensively for the popular audience just before her move to Cornell, and by the s, Small shifted into mainstream journalism, writing articles for such publications as Natural History, Discover magazine, Scientific American and New Scientist.
She regards this work as a form of teaching. Studies by Women Primatologists edited by Meredith F. The Evolution of Human Mating.
Lavori a Mano Press: Ithaca, NY Prime Mates: Secrets of Your Past or Scientific Scam?Her book Our Babies, Ourselves as been called a "cult classic" for parents, health professionals, and anyone interested Although well known from her award winning magazine writing, she is also the author os several trade books that take a anthropological look at parenting, sexuality, and mental illness/5.
Our Barbies, Ourselves Thesis Dominant Impression Rhetorical Styles Why The Thesis is Implied Personal Reactions Point of View Organization We view women today based off of the perception of barbie, from when we are young.
The overall impression that we get from this essay is that it . A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do--and to suggest that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on leslutinsduphoenix.coms: Written for general audiences and parents alike, Our Babies, Ourselves shows what makes us bring up our kids the way we do-and what is actually best for babies.
Review by Choice Review Small's book is the only general work, to this reviewer's knowledge, on ethnopediatrics--the study of how childbearing varies among the world's ethnic groups.
Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book about women's health and sexuality produced by the nonprofit organization Our Bodies Ourselves (originally called the Boston Women's Health Book Collective).
First published in the late s, it contains information related .
Our Babies, Ourselves NPR coverage of Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent by Meredith F. Small. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.