Children as agents of culture change in hunter-gatherer societies and beyond

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Drawing upon systematic literature reviews and empirical research with Tanzanian Hadza and Congolese BaYaka, Sheina Lew-Levy outlines cross-cultural similarities and differences in contemporary hunter-gatherer children’s learning. She shows how play, teaching, participation, and imitation biases contribute to children’s acquisition of skill and cooperative norms. One striking cross-cultural similarity is the primacy of learning with and from peers in the mixed-sex multi-age playgroup. She argues that peer learning may contribute to more rapid, and potentially less costly, knowledge transfers in humans, and may also generate novel social norms and subsistence practices. Children and adolescents may be overlooked agents of culture change throughout human history.

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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square

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