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

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Through a systematic comparison of the life circumstances, child-rearing practices, and personalities of the FulBe and their former slaves, the RiimaayBe, this book develops an alternative theory of the way personality is formed in the Fulani society of West Africa. Riesman discusses the different characters, economies, and life plans of adult men and women of both groups, focusing on their ideas about the value of relatives. He further presents detailed observations of child-rearing practices, and concludes that the FulBe and RiimaayBe do not differ in these practices. Contrasting Fulani and Western notions of parenting, he suggests that child-rearing practices are themselves irrelevant to the formation of adult personality, but that a people's ideas about the meaning of life, social relations, and the development of character are very important. Finally, Riesman outlines a sociocultural theory of personality and its formation, and uses this theory to make sense of the differences between FulBe and RiimaayBe.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: Rutgers University Press Publication Date: 30/04/1992 ISBN-13: 9780813517674  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Paul Riesman was a professor of anthropology at Carleton College and author of Freedom in Fulani Social Life. After Paul Riesman's death in 1988, this book was completed with the assistance of David L. Szanton (University of California, Berkeley), Lila Abu-Lughod (Princeton University), Sharon Hutchinson (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Paul Stoller (West Chester University), and Carol Trosset (University of Virginia).

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