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