The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, Revised and Updated
This groundbreaking book, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times notable pick, rattled the psychological establishment when it was first published in 1998 by claiming that parents have little impact on their children's development. In this tenth anniversary edition of The Nurture Assumption, Judith Harris has updated material throughout and provided a fresh introduction.
Combining insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, primatology, and evolutionary biology, she explains how and why the tendency of children to take cues from their peers works to their evolutionary advantage. This electrifying book explodes many of our unquestioned beliefs about children and parents and gives us a radically new view of childhood.
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Moving beyond the nature/nurture divide
In advising parents to ignore hectoring experts, Judith Rich Harris’s book still packs a punch 10 years on. But its use of evolutionary theory and social psychology to explain how people are ‘shaped’ leaves much to be desired...
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Nurture Is Not the Same as Environment
Nature Nurture and None of the Above
Other Times Other Places
Us and Them
In the Company of Children
The Transmission of Culture
Dysfunctional Families and Problem Kids
What Parents Can Do
The Nurture Assumption on Trial
Personality and Birth Order
Testing Theories of Child Development
Schools of Children
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