SEMINAR: Navajo Infancy: Nature and Culture on the Cradleboard
|Navajo Infancy: Nature and Culture on the Cradleboard : School of Anatomy & Human Biology Seminar Series
The Seminar: Jim Chisholm describes his fieldwork among the Navajo (1968, 1972, 1974-76). He provides an overview of Navajo society and culture then focuses on neonatal behaviour (temperament), the development of fear of strangers, and mother-infant interaction, especially as affected by use of the cradleboard, and why these effects do not last.
The Speaker: Jim Chisholm received his BA with Honors in Anthropology from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. and his MPhil and PhD in Anthropology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. He has conducted fieldwork among the Navajo and Aboriginal people in the NT and taught anthropology at the University of New Mexico, human development at the University of California, Davis and human biology at the University Western Australia. He uses the principles of evolutionary ecology, life history theory, sexual selection theory, and parental investment theory to investigate the role of early psychosocial stress and attachment history in the evolution and development of theory of mind and the capacity for culture and the development of alternative reproductive strategies and their implications for health capability. He is the author of Navajo Infancy: An Ethological Study of Child Development (Aldine de Gruyter) and Death, Hope and Sex: Steps to an Evolutionary Ecology of Mind and Morality (Cambridge University Press). He is currently writing a book on the role of emotion in the evolution of culture.
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