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The evolution of childhood : relationships, emotion, mind

Author: Melvin Konner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Takes a comprehensive Darwinian interpretation of human development. Looking at the entire range of human evolutionary history, Konner tells the story of how cross-cultural and universal characteristics of our growth from infancy to adolescence became rooted in genetically inherited characteristics of the human brain--From publisher description.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin Konner
ISBN: 9780674045668 0674045661
OCLC Number: 670068645
Description: xv, 943 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Paradigms in the evolution of development --
Brains evolving --
Ape foundations, human revolution --
The evolution of human brain growth --
Paradigms in the study of psychosocial growth --
The growth of sociality --
The growth of attachment and the social fears --
The growth of language --
The growth of sex and gender differences --
The transition to middle childhood --
Reproductive behavior and the onset of parenting --
Paradigms in the study of socialization --
Early social experience --
The evolution of the mother-infant bond --
Cooperative breeding in the extended family --
Male parental care --
Relatoins among juveniles --
Play, social learning, and teaching --
The contexts of emerging reproductive behavior --
Stress and resilience in the changing family --
Hunter-gatherer childhood: the cultural baseline --
Paradigms in the study of enculturation --
The culture of infanacy and early childhood --
The culture of subsistence --
The culutre of middle childhood --
The culture of gender in childhood and adolescence --
Evolutionary culture theory --
Universals, adaptation, enculturation, and culture.
Responsibility: Melvin Konner.

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