age and culture

Vax 3100 Cluster ("Renae)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 12:02:11 -0500

I am an undergrad here in Montreal and would like to throw out a query con-
cerning age and culture. I am currently taking a seminar course in
community and ethnicity, and for the fieldwork project have decided to
study a local daycare. This centre has a nice mix of Portuguese, Quebecois
French and English and some Central American children. Also, the daycare
workers themselves are "mixed". (No, I don't know their head size!)

The problem is justifying this type of study in terms of ethnicity and
community. Do children of 3 years of age manifest signs of ethnicity, do
they already have conceptions about ethnicity and community? How are those
conceptions manifested? The problem, as I see it, is trying to figure out
at what age children (people) manifest "culture" and "society".

Any ideas on this subject? What sort of studies have been done on age realtion
to culture? Any help would be appreciated, and any discussion worthwhile.