Cover image for Childhood
Title:
Childhood
Author:
Konner, Melvin.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1991]

©1991
Physical Description:
xx, 451 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780316501842
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
HQ781 .K66 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

This Channel 4 TV tie-in book by anthropologist and psychiatrist Melvin Konner takes a journey through the childhood years - from conception and birth through adolescence - showing how children experience them, how parents and societies shape them and how science is beginning to understand them.


Author Notes

Melvin Konner is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and an associate professor and neurology at Emory University. A Fellow o f the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he lives in Atlanta.


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

An information-packed volume tied to the new TV series of the same name aired this fall on PBS. Noted anthropologist Melvin Konner closely examines the cultural, biological, and psychological influences on human development from conception and birth through adolescence. The author draws upon a multitude of current research studies, many of them cross-cultural, by experts from a variety of fields in order to try to understand how much and what aspects of human development are genetically determined versus those that are shaped by culture. While Konner's book is an eye-opener, debunking some long-standing psychological theories by proving universal trends across divergent cultures, some of his conclusions, which favor biology over environment as a behavioral determinant, will be met with controversy. But Konner does make a significant contribution to our knowledge of growth in childhood with his strong emphasis on the importance of removing cultural blinders and looking at the anthropological record of human development. A multifaceted study that will stimulate readers' curiosity and provoke them to new thought. ~--Mary Banas