First Find Your Child a Good Mother: The Construction of Self in Two African Communities

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INDEX
actions: individual responsibility for, 49, 50; significance of children's, 173; utilitarian, views of, 201, 206
adolescence: in boys, 20, 21, 44-51, 211-212, in girls, 74-75; and independence, 44, 213; and personality development, 212
adoption, 61, 96-97
adultery, 48, 50-51, 62
agriculture: 31, 37-38; as shameful, 64. See also millet
ancestors, 61, 155
anger: on behalf of relatives, 146; with children, 136-137, 166-167
artisans, 14
authority, 212. See also hierarchy; power
babies: attitudes toward, 118; care of, 106-129; holding of, 112, 113, 115-116; playing with, 113-114, 118, 123; sickness, 117, 128; spitting up, 112, 116; treatment of as adults, 113, 186; washing of, 108. See also defecation; nursing; weaning
basi (medicinal broth), 115, 116, 117, 153
bastardy, 29
Bateson, Gregory, 77, 228
beating: reasons for. 129, 134, 136, 138, 151, 152, 174; threats of, 135, 143, 144
beauty, female: importance of, 19-20, 89, 100; standards of, 95, 98
Beckwith. Carol, 11
beds, 108-109
Bella, 149
blessings: content of, 53, 140, 210; occasions for, 34, 85; sources of, 63-64, 172, 173
Bocquene, Henri, 178
breast feeding, see nursing
bush, 213
cattle: benefits of, 34-35, 62-63, 205-207; care of, 32-33, 154, 207-208; from ancestors, 155; from God, 65; importance of, 155, 156, 205, 206-207, 209, 214; ownership of, 156-157, 210; responsibility for, 208-209, 210, 214-215; use in marriages, 79
character, see personality
charms: as protection, 109, 110, 113, 172; as secret, 153; in weaning, 128
chief, intervention of, 58, 53, 134, 145
child care: by children, 35, 113, 138; degree of homogeneity in, 9, 111, 112, 158; frustrations of, 106; of infants, 106-129; initiative in, 117- 118, 122, 124-125, 126-127; interaction between caretakers, 136
child rearing: as formative, 8, 160- 161, 176, 179-180; Fulani views of, 170, 180-183
childbirth, 30, 75, 106-112
childhood: American beliefs about, 220-223; importance of for personality, 197, 222
childlessness: effects on men, 58, 59; effects on women, 94-99

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First Find Your Child a Good Mother: The Construction of Self in Two African Communities
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vi
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • PROLOGUE BURKINA FASO, 1974-76: A PERSONAL MEMOIR xiii
  • REFLEXIVITY IN HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY 1
  • I - Introduction 8
  • 2 - Global Fulani Society 14
  • 3 - Economy 30
  • 4 - What Life is All About 43
  • 5 - Infancy and Early Childhood 105
  • 6 - Later Childhood 130
  • 7 - Child Development in Fulani Ethnopsychology 160
  • 8 - Self, Identity, and Personality 184
  • 9 - Conclusion 196
  • Theoretical Implications 224
  • Notes 231
  • Bibliography 233
  • Index 237
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