Trust in the Mandinka Way: The Cultural Context of Sibling Care

  • Robert D. Whittemore
  • Elizabeth Beverly


Anthropologists have long recognized the role children play in the socialization of other children (Gay, 1973; Mead, 1928, 1930; Read, 1960; Weisner & Gallimore, 1977; Whiting & Whiting, 1975; Wilson, 1963). Not uncommonly, ethnographic description of this socializing role focuses on young adults who are perceived by participant-observers as well as indigenous informants as qualified and active in inducting younger children into such vital social institutions as age sets and secret associations. Older children are seen as leading younger children along an institutionally prepared or ritually marked developmental path.


Social Behavior Young Sibling Dependent Child Sibling Relationship Proximity Measure 
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  • Elizabeth Beverly

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