Socialization through storytelling

As discussed in the reading, children often make sense of their realities through story creation and performance.  The following two studies employ storytelling as a methodology for exploring how children have been socialized into their societal positions.

In this study, children were given story prompts and asked to complete them.  Boys tended to craft male-centered, aggression-driven narratives, while girls opted for female-centered, caretaking-centric narratives.  This suggests that even the stories children tell are shaped by how they have been socialized to view the world, and this makes sense in light of the fact that socialization encompasses not just conscious, language-based instruction, but unconscious, interaction, behavioral, and relational aspects as well.

This study uses storytelling, among other expressive forms, to examine how socialization affects how children in Belize habituate to their unequal social position.  By using the children’s stories as data for the children’s subjectivie experiences, the study’s author was able to conclude that the identities developed under conditions of oppression reinforce the current stratification of the worlds populations.

If you are unable to access either of the studies due to a paywall, try copying the study’s name, and searching for it on Google Scholar.  Then, click the “Full text @ Hampshire” link next to the study’s name in the search results.

Quin Rich–Group 4



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One Response to Socialization through storytelling

  1. Veronica Santana says:

    I really enjoyed both of these parties, and how you addressed how storytelling done by and for children can both demonstrate and reinforce their societal conditioning. These articles pushed beyond being storytelling being a fun activity for children. The way children tell stories, the stories they are told explicitly and implicitly, and the story they come to think of as their own, can reveal how discourse and narrative shape inequality in societies. The story that is told by the dominant culture about our nation, communities, families, identities, and other historical and societal experiences can shape the ways we view ourselves and those around us. This story can limit our sense of agency over what we can do in our lives and the power we have to change the inequality we face. It can rob children of their culture and their dreams.

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