Category Archives: Child Rearing Across Cultures

This independent study was conducted in the Spring of 2011 with anthropology professor Tom Williamson. The assessment and assignments for this course was made up largely by these exploratory blog posts. Throughout the semester, Tom and I followed the path our conversations took–examining the trend of the Tiger Mother, the sociology behind parental advice books, and the variation in parenting styles from the US to Africa.

Cradling Tea Cups and Polishing Trophy Kids

Dreaming about life after college, I often find myself fast-walking to the other side of crosswalk white lines as I tilt my chin skyward to gaze into perfect blue. The soundtrack is always something reminiscent of the Arcade Fire’s “Ready … Continue reading

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Micromanaging Mothers

The Screen for “Baby Connect” taken from the New York Times Article “Devoting Attention to a Child and a Phone, All at Once” My electronic calender is open on my computer screen. Every glance toward its multi colored blocks of … Continue reading

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The View from the Top

There is a man on screen standing behind a toothy grinned boy with unruly hair and a bright orange dreamsicle dripping between his fingers. The man puts his hands on the boy’s bony shoulders, stares straight into the camera, and … Continue reading

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Pages of Perception

Last Monday night, feeling drained after several hours of academic reading, highlighting, and note taking, I found myself curled up on the carpet in an unoccupied corner of the library–reading the titles of cracked spines with a nostalgic smile spread … Continue reading

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Bapak-Anak: The Complexity of Family-ism and Childhood in Indonesia

Saya Shiraishi starts his politically potent and anecdotally mesmerizing ethnography “Young Heroes” with the simple setting of an airport arrival terminal. Noting the divide between the stark right angles and dark glass of the air-conditioned indoors and the steamy sidewalk … Continue reading

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The Creative Process of Postering

Urged by my Independent Studies professor to explore all we’ve learned together about “Child Rearing Across Cultures” by creating a piece of art, I initially found my hands sweating and my head pounding as I tried to sit down and … Continue reading

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Hitting Close to Home

On Monday, on the sidewalks I used to walk as an elementary schooler with a bob haircut and sparkly laced sneakers, I witnessed the Union Debate I’ve been contemplating over the past few weeks play out in my own home … Continue reading

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