What is it about?
In this paper three anthropologists who have spent their careers researching infant sleep from evolutionary and socio-cultural perspectives summarise the state of their field. They explore how anthropology addresses questions about infant sleep in different ways from the traditional approach, and highlight examples of how their research has changed policy and practice. The next phase, they argue, is to integrate the evolutionary and socio-cultural anthropological perspectives to challenge the dominant infant sleep paradigm.
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Why is it important?
Neither sleep, nor infancy, has been well-studied by anthropologists. This paper calls to attention the huge potential for anthropological research in these neglected areas and illustrates what has been accomplished by a small group of diligent and interdisciplinary anthropological researchers over the past 10-20 years.
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This page is a summary of: Toward an Integrated Anthropology of Infant Sleep, American Anthropologist, July 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/aman.13284.
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Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre
Website for the Durham University Infancy & Sleep entire, UK, a research centre of the Anthropology Department, and academic home to two authors of this publication
Mother-Baby Sleep Lab, Notre Dame, USA
Website of the University of Notre Dame's Mother-Baby Sleep Lab, a research lab of the Department of Anthropology, and previous academic home to one of the (now retired) authors of this paper.
Baby Sleep Information Source (BaSIS)
Public-facing outreach website from the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (UK) summarising the latest research on normal infant sleep for parents and professionals (UK-focussed).
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