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Cover Page: i Title Page Page: v Copyright Page: vi Contents Page: vii The Riddle Page: ix Chapter One: Kith Page: 1 Chapter Two: The Patron Saint of Childhood Page: 13 Chapter Three: Textures of Tenderness Page: 27 Chapter Four: By the Mark, Twain! Page: 39 Chapter Five: Wolf Milk in the Ink Page: 70 Chapter Six: A Ludic Revolution (and a doodle) Page: 89 Chapter Seven: A Clockwork Child Page: 109 Chapter Eight: The Will of the Wild Page: 118 Chapter Nine: The Fractal Politics of Childhood Page: 138 Chapter Ten: Who Owns a Child? Page: 160 Chapter Eleven: The Tribe of Children Page: 178 Chapter Twelve: On the Character Fault of Exuberance Page: 192 Chapter Thirteen: Mirrors of the Mind Page: 223 Chapter Fourteen: The Woods and the Quest Page: 250 Chapter Fifteen: The Ship That Goes as Well on Land as on Water Page: 272 Chapter Sixteen: The Secret World of a Child’s Soul Page: 294 Chapter Seventeen: Eureka! Page: 315 Chapter Eighteen: To Affinity . . . and Beyond! Page: 341 Notes Page: 357 Bibliography Page: 383 Index Page: 399 In Thanks Page: 419 Dedication Page: 421

While traveling the world in order to write her award winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular captured her imagination: why are so many children in Euro–American cultures unhappy – and why is it that children in traditional cultures seem happier? In A Country Called Childhood, Griffiths seeks to discover why we deny our children the freedoms of space, time and the natural world. Visiting communities as far apart as West Papua and the Arctic as well as the UK, and delving into history, philosophy, language and literature, she explores how children's affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood. It is a journey deep into the heart of what it means to be a child, and it is central to all our experiences, young and old.
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