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Heather Montgomery wonders how some common British practices might look to other cultures. Looking further back I can see vast differences between contemporary and historical childhoods. Today, children have few responsibilities, their lives are characterised by play not work, school not paid labour, family rather than public life and consumption instead of production.
Yet this is all relatively recent. A hundred years ago, a twelve-year-old working in a factory would have been perfectly acceptable. Industrious girls treated with respect The differences between the expectations placed on children today and those placed on them in the past are neatly summed up by two American writers, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English.
Comparing childhoods in America today with those of the American Colonial periodthey have written: In colonial times, four-year-old girls knitted stockings and mittens and could produce intricate embroidery: They use this term to mean that understandings of childhood are not the same everywhere and that while all societies acknowledge that children are different from adults, how they are different and what expectations are placed on them, change according to the society in which they live.
Social anthropologists have shown this in their studies of peoples with very different understandings of the world to Western ones.
Acquiring understanding Jean Briggs has worked with the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic and has described how, within these communities, growing up is largely seen as a process of acquiring thought, reason and understanding known in Inuit as ihuma.
Closer to insanity than adulthood Copyright free: But some chilldren have a tougher time of it on the island. US Navy] In contrast, children on the Pacific island of Tonga, studied by Helen Morton, are regularly beaten by their parents and older siblings.
They are regularly told off for being clumsy and a child who falls over may be laughed at, shouted at, or beaten. Children are thought of as mischievous; they cry or want to feed simply because they are naughty, and beatings are at their most severe between the ages of three and five when children are seen as particularly wilful.
Parents believe that social competence can only be achieved through discipline and physical punishment, and treat their children in ways that have seemed very harsh to outsiders.
Arrivals from a spirit world In other cases, ideas about children are radically different.
For example, the Beng, a small ethnic group in West Africa, assume that very young children know and understand everything that is said to them, in whatever language they are addressed.
When they are born, they remain in contact with this other world for several years, and may decide to return there if they are not properly looked after. In many societies children work and contribute to the family in whatever way that can from a very early age. A good example of this is child care.
Working by the age of four In other cultures, this is not the case. Michelle Johnson has written about the Fulani of West Africa describing how by the age of four, girls are expected to be able to care for their younger siblings, fetch water and firewood and by the age of six will be pounding grain, producing milk and butter and selling these alongside their mothers in the market.
Girls marry earlier than boys Copyright: By the age of twelve or thirteen she is probably married and will have started to have babies. Boys on the other hand, have far fewer responsibilities.
Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life, this book about the life of children in ancient regime period, how do people find childhood as part of their own lives, children are not miniature adults, they have their own unique lives/5. In a landmark book was published in France. Translated into English as CENTURIES OF CHILDHOOD, Philippe Aries' book has revolutionized the study of young people. History has mainly been the study of kings, nobles, wars, the rise and fall of governments and empires. Notably absent from much. Classroom Support Materials Social Narratives. It is our goal to develop a bank of Social Narratives for professionals to draw from. Please contribute to the bank, it will help not only students but your fellow professionals as well!
Studying very different communities Social anthropologists ask questions about how childhood, and the role of children, is seen within the communities they study, rather than how it fits into Western ideas about childhood.
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Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life, this book about the life of children in ancient regime period, how do people find childhood as part of their own lives, children are not miniature adults, they have their own unique lives/5. This post examines childhood as a social construction looking at the work of Jane Pilcher and Philippe Aries among others.
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