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Ancestral Landscapes in Human EvolutionCulture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing$
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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

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Cosleeping Beyond Infancy

Cosleeping Beyond Infancy

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

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

Jennifer W. Roulette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964253.003.0010

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

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