goal of this course is to introduce you to the anthropological study
of children and childhood. Through short films, case studies, readings,
and several analytical projects, we will comparatively study childhood
as it is experienced in a variety of world and American ethnic groups.
course explores different cultural patterns of child rearing and
the ways that gender, ethnicity, and the environment can affect
maternal and child health. The effects of culture change on children
will be studied with emphasis on children and war, poverty and health
programs, and HIV/AIDS.
We will also explore the various cultural politics
surrounding notions of "childhood” and “motherhood”
in different areas around the world and within the United States,
including examples from Central and South America, Africa, Asia,
Europe, and Canada.