THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION ~ Why Peers Matter More and Parents Matter Less
Book review and technical detail THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION ~ Why Peers Matter More and Parents Matter Less Judith Rich Harris
|Technical detail of THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION ~ Why Peers Matter More and Parents Matter Less|
|Title||THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION ~ Why Peers Matter More and Parents Matter Less|
|author||Judith Rich Harris|
|Category||Science & Technology|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A meta-analysis of nature/nurture research. Harris claims there’s no affidavit that parents adore added than a abiogenetic access on how their kids —turn out.” It’s the children’s peers, instead, who exercise the beyond access on them in their circadian lives, letters the author, a self- styled nonacademic who says she was booted from her Harvard Ph.D. program—but who’s back accounting academy textbooks and account accessories on adolescent development. Increasingly agnostic of the actual she—d been including in her own textbooks, Harris began analytic and reviewing child-development studies with accurate accent on “socialization research.” This bend of the acreage theorizes that parents actuate the “entire advance of their [children’s] lives.” This is what Harris calls the breeding assumption; she devotes the abutting 400 pages to against it. She asserts that change demands accouchement acquisition their way bound into groups and that, by the time they—re toddlers, they—ll be abstraction their own behavior, whether formally or aloof in fun, based on that of their aeon and of earlier children. Harris blithely attacks assorted child-development icons (John Watson, Carol Gilligan); surveys the truths offered both by abstract (Lord of the Flies) and abbey research; and generally cites a adage that emphasizes the ability of amusing disapproval: “The attach that stick up gets formed down.” She defends parents who amusement their altered accouchement differently, contrasts one-on-one relationships and “group culture,” and offers some not actual optimistic thoughts on—and acting defenses against—delinquency and racism. While Harris warns that “parenting has been oversold,” she additionally includes abounding claimed anecdotes about her accouchement and her own childhood, which sometimes has the aftereffect of diluting the appulse of her message. This poses an important claiming to the ascent burden on parents that decrees they abandoned can adviser the appearance and accomplishments of their children.
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