Bentley and Mace - Chapter 04
Does It Take a Family to Raise a Child?
Cooperative Breeding and the Contributions of Maya Siblings, Parents and Older Adults in Raising Children
Karen L. Kramer
chapter uses time allocation data to observe first how Maya mothers
resolve the allocation trade-off of investing in childcare and economic
activities that support
older children, and second, the role that fathers, children and older
adults play in subsidizing the cost of reproduction. The Maya are an
ideal population to examine
the relative contribution of different classes of helpers since they
are a natural fertility
population, have large families, and mothers draw on help from a number
of individuals. Emphasis is placed on cross-cultural comparison.