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Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town

Barbara Rogoff


This book provides a unique window on the cultural nature of human development. The ideas are illustrated with the life and work of a Mayan woman who was born to be a sacred midwife. The ideas are revealed also in the changes and continuities of children's and families' ways of life in her Guatemalan Mayan town. In following the threads of culture and history in the life cycles of this Mayan midwife and her town, the book illuminates how individuals build on cultural heritage from prior generations and at the same time create new ways of living. The book documents changes and continuities acro ... More

Keywords: children, human development, midwives, culture, birth, childrearing, Mayan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195319903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Rogoff, author
University of California, Santa Cruz
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