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The Child


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Richard A. Shweder is a cultural anthropologist and the William Claude Revis Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. A former associate editor of the journal Child Development, Shweder has written several books on cultural psychology and human development, including, most recently, Why Do Men Barbecue? Recipes for Cultural Psychology.


The Child truly is an encylopedic companion, like an erudite friend who seems always ready with a fascinating fact or a surprising perspective. It is not a textbook of the sort that functions best as a cure for insomnia; rather, it is the kind of book you might take to bed, then regret that you did as the hour grows later and yet you, feel no desire to close your eyes.--Robert Needlman "Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics" (4/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)

"This work covers a broad global spectrum of basic questions about the mental, social, biological, and spiritual development of children from the time of conception to late adolescence. . . . First, the language used in the articles is very readable and extremely approachable, especially for undergraduate students. Second, this work is truly multidisciplinary--including the typical disciplines of psychology, medicine, and education as well as the often-excluded disciplines of literature, religion, folklore, and communications. Third, the work includes a brief listing of legal citations mentioned in the text--a valuable resource for social policy research. . . . This authoritative work makes unique contributions to the field. It would be an excellent selection for undergraduate libraries."

--Heidi Stevens "Choice" (4/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)

Although the mind of a child remains an enigma even to those who spend a lifetime studying it, much has been discovered through scientific research and observation. Bringing together the latest findings on children and childhood from pediatrics, psychology, anthropology, and other related fields, The Child comprises over 500 articles on children's development from birth through adolescence, considering the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender, and cultural traditions affect children's experiences of physical and mental health. This resource will be of great interest to parents, social workers, researchers, educators, and anyone else who works with children.

-- "Library Journal" (11/15/2009 12:00:00 AM)

If the common thread connecting U.S. toilet-training theories, divorce customs during the French Revolution and Spot, the family dog, eludes you, pick up a copy of The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, the new reference book weighing only slightly less than an actual newborn.--Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune
--Heidi Stevens "Chicago Tribune" (12/27/2009 12:00:00 AM)

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