The Afterlife is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa (Hardback)
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The Afterlife is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 23/12/2003
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In this ethnography of babies, Alma Gottlieb focusses on the Beng people of West Africa. A Beng infant is thought to begin life filled with spiritual knowledge, having been reincarnated after a rich life in a previous world.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226305011
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 672 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 25 mm


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0;Alma Gottlieb7;s careful and thought-provoking account of infancy sheds spectacular light upon a much neglected topic. . . . [It] makes a strong case for the central place of babies in anthropological accounts of religion. Gottlieb7;s remarkably rich account, delivered after a long and reflective period of gestation, deserves a wide audience across a range of disciplines.1;2;Anthony Simpson, "Critique of Anthropology"
-- Anthony Stimpson "Critique of Anthropology" (05/11/2006)
"Alma Gottlieb's careful and thought-provoking account of infancy sheds spectacular light upon a much neglected topic. . . . [It] makes a strong case for the central place of babies in anthropological accounts of religion. Gottlieb's remarkably rich account, delivered after a long and reflective period of gestation, deserves a wide audience across a range of disciplines."

--Anthony Stimpson"Critique of Anthropology" (05/11/2006)
""The Afterlife Is Where We Come From" is filled with richly layered (and often moving) material on the daily lives of Beng people, especially on what they say about babies and how what they say informs their day-to-day practice in caring for infants. . . . The breadth of [Gottlieb's] knowledge is admirable and the book is engagingly written and bound to be widely read by the public at large as well as by anthropologists."
--Christina Toren "Anthropological Quarterly "
""The Afterlife Is Where We Come From" is a sophisticated, insightful and compelling analysis of infants, infant care, and Beng Religious ideology. . . . Gottlieb's approach to the study of infants is systematic, comprehensive, and satisfying. The resulting analysis is beautifully organized and provides a model for all of us seeking to explicate complexity without reductionism. . . . This book will be a welcome addition to the growing number of courses on the anthropology of children and youth, as well, as to anthropologists teaching or researching the life cycle, family, African ethnology, and religion. It has the added attraction of being highly readable by both scholar and undergraduate."
--Lisa Mitchell"The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology" (03/25/2005)
"This text would be extremely informative for undergraduate and graduate students. . . . This wonderfully reflective text should provide the impetus for formulating research possibilities about infancy and toddlerhood for this century." --;i>Medical Anthropology Quarterly"
--Caren J. Frost"Medical Anthropology" (04/18/2005)
Alma Gottlieb s careful and thought-provoking account of infancy sheds spectacular light upon a much neglected topic. . . . [It] makes a strong case for the central place of babies in anthropological accounts of religion. Gottlieb s remarkably rich account, delivered after a long and reflective period of gestation, deserves a wide audience across a range of disciplines.
--Anthony Stimpson"Critique of Anthropology" (05/11/2006)"

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