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Introduction: The First Thousand Days of Life

This article is part of the series:

(On behalf of the First Thousand Days Research Group (University of Cape Town))

“Good nutrition in the first 1000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday sets the foundation for all the days that follow.”

– ThousandDays.org

“The First 1,000 Days of being a parent are now accepted to be the most significant in a child’s development.”

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Tanya Cassidy’s and Abdullahi El Tom’s “Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations”

Ethnographies of Breastfeeding coverEthnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations

Tanya Cassidy and Abdullahi El Tom (editors)

Bloomsbury, 2015, 255 pages

 

Ethnographies of Breastfeeding offers a timely insight into how milk feeding is confronted in multiple socio-cultural and political contexts. The edited volume comprises twelve chapters which together explore the boundaries and contentions that milk flows across. By aggregating the historical and …

In the Journals

Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives — A Special Issue of Children & Society

The current issue of Children & Society is a special issue entitled “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives.” The issue is edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois and Vicki Coppock, who introduce it in their piece, “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Starting the Conversation.” The rest of the issue’s abstracts are as follows:

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Top of the heap: Junko Kitanaka

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For the latest installment of “Top of the heap,” Junko Kitanaka, who teaches anthropology at Keio University in Tokyo, told us about a new book she’s been reading and some key older texts she’s returned to recently.

Junko Kitanaka

As I’ve been thinking about the psychiatrization of childhood this past year, one book has stood out among those that I’ve …

Books

Coming of Age on Psychiatric Meds

Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are

by Katherine Sharpe

HarperCollins, 2012

336 pp, US$14.99 paperback

 

Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up

by Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Beacon Press, 2012

248 pp, US$25.95 hardcover

 

Remarkably (or perhaps not remarkably at all if we take synchronicity seriously) two books …

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Meducating Our Children: The Moral Influence of Adderall on Education, Parenting, and Treatment

Allan Schwarz’s recent New York Times article “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School” presented some controversial testimonials on the prescription of attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) medications to low-income children. As science writer Emily Willingham points out, this article is part of a two decade long debate over the merits of medicating our nation’s children …