Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ancestral Landscapes in Human EvolutionCulture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Darcia Narvaez, Kristin Valentino, Agustin Fuentes, James J. McKenna, and Peter Gray

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964253.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 July 2021

Cosleeping Beyond Infancy

Cosleeping Beyond Infancy

Culture, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology of Bed Sharing Among Aka Foragers and Ngandu Farmers of Central Africa

(p.129) 6 Cosleeping Beyond Infancy
Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution

Barry S. Hewlett

Jennifer W. Roulette

Oxford University Press

Social and physical sleeping patterns and arrangements of infants, children and adolescents are examined among Aka foragers and Ngandu farmers of central Africa. The study finds that bedsharing was normative in both groups, even into adolescence. Children generally slept with genetically related kin and parents never coslept next to their sexually mature adolescents of the opposite sex. Differences between the groups also existed. Forager infants and children were more likely to sleep with parents, especially fathers, than were farmer infants and children; forager children generally decided where they slept while farmer children’s parents decided where children slept; and, forager beds and sleeping spaces were smaller with more people than were farmer beds and spaces. Culture, ecology and evolutionary biology were used to explain intercultural and intracultural variability in sleeping patterns.

Keywords:   sleeping, cosleeping, bedsharing, culture, hunter-gatherers

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .