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Palgrave Studies on the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth

Anthropological Perspectives on Children as Helpers, Workers, Artisans, and Laborers

Authors: Lancy, David

  • Examines the role of the work of children in domestic economies 
  • Addresses how work forms the basis of play, socialization, and family structure in certain cultures
  • Explores the differences between various forms of labor
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About this book

The study of childhood in academia has been dominated by a mono-cultural or WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) perspective. Within the field of anthropology, however, a contrasting and more varied view is emerging. While the phenomenon of children as workers is ephemeral in WEIRD society and in the literature on child development, there is ample cross-cultural and historical evidence of children making vital contributions to the family economy. Children’s “labor” is of great interest to researchers, but widely treated as extra-cultural—an aberration that must be controlled. Work as a central component in children’s lives, development, and identity goes unappreciated. Anthropological Perspectives on Children as Helpers, Workers, Artisans, and Laborers aims to rectify that omission by surveying and synthesizing a robust corpus of material, with particular emphasis on two prominent themes: the processes involved in learning to work and the interaction between ontogeny and children’s roles as workers.

About the authors

David F. Lancy is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Utah State University, USA.

Reviews

“David F. Lancy's volume is a monumental contribution to the study of childhood around the world. Through an encyclopedic review of the ethnographic literature, Lancy presents a new model he calls the ‘gerontocracy’ to encapsulate how traditional societies understand work as a fundamental part of learning to be human. In an era when modern methods of school instruction are increasingly under critique, it is important to remember that children often learn through helping and play. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the nature of child development outside of the West, and it will help us to understand how children can be viewed as highly capable and crucial members of domestic economies around the globe.” (Traci Arden, Professor of Anthropology, University of Miami, USA)

“This new book by David F. Lancy shows—with much evidence from anthropological and social science research—that work in the lives of children can help them learn vital skills. With considerable arguments, he questions the dominant ‘modern’ concept of childhood today, which only locates it at school, and shows in a differentiated and culturally sensitive way that work in children's lives can also have positive meanings for their development.” (Manfred Liebel, Professor and Founder of the Program in Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights at Freie Universität Berlin and The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany)

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eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53351-7
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53353-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anthropological Perspectives on Children as Helpers, Workers, Artisans, and Laborers
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53351-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53351-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53353-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 245
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