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A country called childhood : children and the exuberant world

Author: Jay Griffiths
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While traveling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle in particular captured her imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy--and why is it that children in traditional cultures seem happier? In Country Called Childhood, Griffiths seeks  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Griffiths
ISBN: 1619024292 9781619024298 9781619025844 1619025841
OCLC Number: 871211536
Notes: "First published 2013 in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton, part of the Penguin Group, UK"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 417 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The riddle --
Kith --
The patron saint of childhood --
Textures of tenderness --
By the Mark, Twain! --
Wolf milk in the ink --
A ludic revolution (and a doodle) --
A clockwork child --
The will of the wild --
The fractal politics of childhood --
Who owns a child? --
The tribe of children --
On the character fault of exuberance --
Mirrors of the mind --
The woods and the quest --
The ship that goes as well on land as on water --
The secret world of a child's soul --
Eureka! --
To affinity ... and beyond! --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
In thanks --
Dedication.
Other Titles: Children and the exuberant world
Responsibility: Jay Griffiths.

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While traveling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle in particular captured her imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy--and why is it that children in traditional cultures seem happier? In Country Called Childhood, Griffiths seeks to discover why we deny our children the freedoms of space, time, and the natural world. Visiting communities as far apart as West Papua and the Arctic as well as the UK, and delving into history, philosophy, language, and literature, she explores how children's affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood. It is a journey deep into the heart of what it means to be a child, and it is central to all our experiences, young and old.--From publisher description.

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