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Date of this Version

January 1974


Published in Annual Review of Anthropology 3 (1974), pp. 263–277. Copyright © 1974 Annual Reviews. Used by permission.


This paper will not attempt a comprehensive review of the recent literature on socialization. Rather, it will deal with four areas of the comparative study of childhood which have particular interest to this writer: systematic ethnographic reports on child life in non-Western societies; education and anthropology; cognitive style and socialization; and socialization for sex role. As a further means of narrowing the potential range of this review, the author will exclude most reports of infant, adolescent, and adult socialization.

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