Inuit Children Case Study

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Norman Chance (1990) explains that incorporating Inuit children into the adults is not for simply to learn how to look after the family when they are older, but are seen to be lack of experiences, children are never rejected from adult world but encouraged to participate, adults take the responsibility to share their experiences, however when the children reaches a point where s/he can decide for themselves, adults will not interfere. Spanish children’s environments are very social and mostly is spent outside playing with other children, their participation in adults gathering is encouraged but far less then the level of Inuit children. Inuit children are welcomed to run around and visit different houses (ibid). This use to be normal in Spain …show more content…

In large part, researchers have shown the environment the children are brought up, generally influences the development of intellect as well as physical, emotional and their overall point of view of the planet.

Vygotsky categories human intellect and learning to originate from culture, he suggests developing this assists the child to fit in their social environment (Drewery and Bird 2004).

Spain is patriarchal culture, academics’ highlight various factors that have influenced the parenting styles, such as; parent’s intuition or culture absorbed practices, beliefs and ethnicity, social and economic class. Within every culture children are brought up and thought to live by characteristics that are unique (Martinez and Garcia
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Culture is used to regulate childrearing practices. Robert LeVine (1974) suggests, that throughout mankind families partook three fundamental goals. First goal, encourages the physical and health existence of the children, followed by financial goal, parents install skills and behavior to their children to prepare when they are adult to self support, finally self actualisation, the aim is to further the cultural and moral values as well as beliefs and accomplishments in other word to keep the legacy going.


Inuit child birth is followed by name giving, by naming the child after died relatives to establish connection, is to acknowledge the child as individual, who carries the soul of the person’s name and should be given respect as the passed person (Anderson, 2011). The names are not gender defined, girl might be named after a grandfather, and encourage to fulfill those roles (Goforth 2003). In Spain first name to specify the gender of the child traditionally source for inspirations of the names are catholic, also father surname and mother surnames are given to the child (Elsdon 2003).

Specific roles are non-gender defined in Inuit, a girl could grow up to be a successful hunter while a boy could take roles that in western cultures would relate to women, such as housework (Greenwood, Gottfriedsen, and Marchand, 1995).

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