London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Can primary socialisation be democratic?

Author(s) Fumat, Yveline  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2002  
Editor Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross  
Language English  
Age group -  
From birth, cultural creations hold individuals in a network of physical marks (eg piercing) and signs which directly mould the body (tattoos, clothes which either straighten up or constrain), shape their postures (ways of holding, or walking), guide their movements through structured spaces and objects, familiarise them with the prevailing aesthetic modes and give them their first experiences of perception. The transmission of cultural creations is first and foremost a story without words which owes nothing to discourse, to injunction or to prohibition. It is achieved without programming, it has no project and follows no principle; it is carried out without even the interference of an adult, but simply because we are born and grow up in a culture where each object bears meaning, each gesture is symbolical, each relationship is codified. When a child first opens his eyes, he sees his tribe's aesthetic forms, he hears the songs and sounds of his language; when taking his first steps, he walks in a 'cultural landscape' which owes all to his elders.

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