Among the Maya of Xculoc, an remoted farming village within the lowland forests of the Yucatán peninsula, kids give a contribution to family construction in significant methods. hence this village, the topic of anthropologist Karen Kramer's learn, presents a striking chance for knowing the economics of adolescence in a pre-modern agricultural surroundings.

Drawing on quite a number theoretical views and large info amassed over decades, Kramer translates the shape, price, and results of kid's hard work during this maize-based tradition. She appears without delay at relatives measurement and start spacing as they determine within the economics of households; and she or he considers the timing of kid's financial contributions and their function in underwriting the price of huge households. Kramer's findings--in specific, that the kids of Xculoc start to produce greater than they devour lengthy earlier than they marry and depart home--have a couple of fascinating implications for the examine of kinfolk reproductive judgements and parent-offspring clash, and for debates inside anthropology over kid's contributions in hunter/gatherer as opposed to agricultural societies.

With its theoretical breadth, and its aspect on crop yields, reproductive histories, nutrition, paintings scheduling, and agricultural construction, this ebook units a brand new average for measuring and studying baby productiveness in a subsistence farming community.

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