I think the main difference is that these cultures are based upon a way of life in which providing for material needs involves little-to-no separation of mothers from children, and also a lot less separation of fathers from children than what we see in our culture, since Dad may take off sometimes on a long hunt but he's also spending heaps of time at home in the village.
This is a myth. There is little separation from babies, but when you find me a culture that has mom in the home with all her kids from babes to adolescents or at least pubescents, I will send you a million dollars.
Kids separate. It is a natural human progression.
children DO spend so many years in contact with mom. not just in hunter gathering society but also in agricultural society and in some urban societies too where the concept of 'joint' family exists.
i am sorry but i hate to see how we are evolving.
sorry SM - taking this hugely OT here. sorta.
i hate how i have to leave my dd in the care of 'strangers' while i go to work. some of you are lucky. you have family and thus your child has many mothers. i hate how my dd only has one mother. only one mother to discipline and love her. she is missing out on soooo much. and society is heading that way. there is no support for moms who are more comfortable being WOHM. my gma was one of them. she just could not be a SAHM. but she had tonnes of family so my mom had other 'mom's' who took care of her. while other moms took care of the housework and cleaning, one mom watched out for the kids. i mean hello. the concept of stranger anxiety does not even exist there. this is in asia.
i mourn what society is becoming. i mourn what childhood is becoming. its even more heartbreaking because i study culture and i see the results. and it makes me wanna cry.
a constant parent is a child's birthright. being with their child for as long as a parent wants is the parents birthright. and it saddens me to see this not being given priority. it is sad our society demands our children and parents 'deal' with it.
and yes physically at some point we separate but never, never detach.