Re: memetics-digest V1 #17

Ton Maas (
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 21:24:03 +0200

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Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 21:24:03 +0200
From: Ton Maas <>
Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #17

>I recently read an excellent book called _Perfect Parents_ (originally
>published as _Dream Babies_). It surveys the history of childcare manuals
>since their origins in the 18th century. Fascinating stuff, and
>interesting to see how much of their changing advice is based on shifting
>expectations, social fashions, and effects of technology, rather than on
>improved understanding of infant needs. Pertinent reading for students of
>memetics, certainly.
>Eva-Lise Carlstrom

Thanks for that suggestion. I'll look it up. Another interesting study
(actaully a classic in the field) is "Centuries of Childhood" by Philippe
Aries - which gives a richly annotated account of the "invention" and
development of childhood during since the middle ages to the present day.


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