Childhood in Culture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Childhood in Culture
Fall 2023
Taught By: Lawrence Hirschfeld
Section: A

CRN: 15846

Credits: 4

Children don’t speak, think, or behave like adults. In a parallel fashion, the French don’t speak, think or behave like the English; the English don’t speak, think or behave like North Americans; and so on. This course takes this parallel seriously, exploring the lives of children, the life-spaces they inhabit, and commonly held ideas about children and parenting from a cultural perspective. We will treat childhood both as a cultural construction and as a distinctly constructed culture. We will pose a number of questions, including: How do children acquire knowledge of the cultures they live in and the knowledge needed to participate in these cultures? How important are parents in shaping the development of their children? What implications do different notions of childhood have for the developmental pathways of children? Special emphasis is given to representations of children and childhood in American culture.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (ANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:58am EST 12/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 509
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023