106i. Summary and conclusion
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This is the last part of the multi-part episode on David Lancy's The Anthropology of Childhood. I share the main points of what I've learned, what I think of the book, and the way that Professor Lancy summarises the main points of the text.

Among the things we've learned are the differential ways that WEIRD (western, educated, industrialised, rich, and democratic) societies and most societies throughout history approach topics such as:

  • Reproduction;
  • Family structure;
  • Parenthood;
  • The social status of children;
  • The value of children, economic and sentimental;
  • The stages of childhood (baby, toddler, child with "sense", adolescent);
  • Children's relationships with adults;
  • Play;
  • Learning and teaching;
  • School;
  • Discipline;
  • Children's work and responsibilities; and
  • How young people change society.

I hope you learned a lot - I certainly have!

Enjoy the episode.

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