The socialisation of children in village community of the first half of the 20th century (in Kartena Valsčius)

Irena Stonkuvienė

The paper deals with the socialisation of children in a village community during the first half of the 20th century according to the records done in 2002 of narrations by people born in 1906–1946.

The main focus of attention was a peer group and various aspects of socialisation in it, i.e., games, folklore, relationships. It is noted that the experience gained by peers helped them to find their place in the world and in their own self, from the point of view different than the family prospects, as well as formed their competence and skills, which are necessary in order to join the community life in the village.

The socialisation of children was also affected by models of neighbours' life and communication. It was important for them to take part in both community life actions and celebratory rituals. Sedentary, conservative, collective or closed way of life–features describing the peasant style of life and formed specific self-awareness of village community–also affected the socialisation of children.