Bentley and Mace - Chapter 06
Who Minds the Baby?
Beng Perspectives on Mothers, Neighbours and Strangers as Caretakers
begin this discussion by exploring the multiple social ties that Beng
infants forge with a large range of familiar Others and then
investigate the striking
case of 'strangers' who form part of the social universe of
village-dwelling Beng babies. Throughout the chapter, I aim to
demonstrate that the Beng child-rearing agenda emphasizes as a major
goal the teaching of the value of sociability. The strategy has
foundations most obviously in women's labour practices but also,
perhaps even more interestingly, in religious ideology.