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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 10: O is for Organism
Although two of the stars of Babies, Mari in Tokyo and Hattie in San Francisco, will both grow up in technologically sophisticated cultures, their upbringing is likely to be quite different. For one thing, babies in Japan commonly sleep with their parents, as the illustration from “Japanese Family & Culture,” published by the Japan Travel Bureau, indicates. In this way Japanese culture helps put the emphasis on the group over that of the individual. In the United States, babies are often relegated to their own crib. The authors of a study on children rearing practices observed in 1985: “In Japan the infant is seen more as a separate biological organism who form the beginning, in order to develop, needs to be drawn into increasingly interdependent relations with others. In America, the infant is seen more as a dependent biological organism who, in order to develop, needs to be made increasingly independent of others.”