Childhood as a social disability: the construction of mythologized discourse in a social-educational practice

Audronė Juodaitytė


Within this article the social-educational myths are interpreted on the childhood as the factor for the social disability discourses that are taken from the day-to-day man’s life experience based on relations with children. In most cases the priorities are taken in mind for adults’ sake not children though. Such myths as: Childhood is the preparation for adults’ life, Childhood is the happiest period of man’s life, Children’s community is in most cases unsuccessful attempt to imitate grownups etc. are revealed as well with their cultural content, basis, and expressions in teachers way of thinking and activities. Also it is identified how these myths deform the socio-cultural essentials of childhood, making this phenomenon as socially disable and perceiving child as not fully matured individual, and children – non-active social group.
On this basis the behavioral theories and empirical ideas that mythologize childhood are analyzed in this paper. The attitudes’ content towards child as not full righted partner to a social educator is revealed as well. The mythologized discourse of such childhood is debunked in the context of postmodern society’s anthropocentric culture, which basis is exactly the childhood as the value itself understanding.


childhood; myths; discourse; behaviourism

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