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Bentley and Mace - Chapter 06

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Who Minds the Baby?

Beng Perspectives on Mothers, Neighbours and Strangers as Caretakers

I 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.

Who Minds the Baby?Beng Perspectives on Mothers, Neighbours and Strangers as CaretakersAlma GottliebI begin this discussion by exploring the multiple social ties that Beng infants forge with a large range of familiar Others and then investigate th
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