I’m a bookcase snoop. When I am invited to a new home, I can’t wait to see what they have on their bookshelves or coffee table. A lot of people seem to enjoy when I post about what I am currently reading so I thought I might highlight a few of my favorites from my bookshelves. And I’d love to hear from you on your favorites. Continue reading
In 2004, Alma Gottlieb published a unique ethnography on the babies of the Beng people in Côte d’Ivoire. The majority of ethnographies focus on the culture of adults or verbal children. Babies, if considered at all, are described in the context of their relationships to adults and older children. Gottlieb’s work focus on infants as the subject in The Afterlife is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa. I hope that her work inspires more ethnographic research into the cultures of infancy around the world. For me at least, the subject is endlessly fascinating. I recommend the book to everyone interested in anthropology, parenting, or infants.