4-3 | The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood

Book Review

The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood

David F. Lancy, John Bock, and Suzanne Gaskins, eds.
Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2010. Illustrations, bibliography, index. 483 pp. $90.00. ISBN: 9780759113220

by Wendy Haight

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David Lancy, John Bock, and Suzanne Gaskins make an important contribution to our understanding of children’s learning through a unique collection of eighteen essays written by archeologists, cultural anthropologists, evolutionary anthropologists, and linguists. This volume is noteworthy for its comprehensiveness including chapters examining the archeological record, nonhuman primates, traditional societies, and children’s learning in adverse environments. The scope and depth of this work brings to the fore a variety of important, but too often understudied, aspects of children’s learning. I highly recommend this book to scholars, students, and practitioners in the social sciences, education, and human services. A few examples and key themes illustrate this book’s importance and the rich discussions in its many excellent chapters.