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Learning and Growing in Indigenous Amazon: the Education System of French Guiana Wayana-Apalaï communities

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Alì, Maurizio; Ailincai, Rodica

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Abstract This paper presents the first results obtained from an exploratory study conducted with a Wayana-Apalaï indigenous community living the High Maroni region, in French Guiana. The study is situated within an ecological and interactionist approach and attempts (1) to understand educational family practices and community logic of children training, (2) to describe parents' expectations vis-à-vis their children as a postmodern dynamic. The ethnographic corpus was gathered during a period of five years with the aim to link observed behaviors with contextual and cultural variables. Following the analysis of the data, the authors propose a diagram of a) the micro-systems structuring the Wayana-Apalaï kinship system; b) a description of parental roles and educational functions; c) an overview of parental expectations in terms of "traditional success"/ "school success ".
Keywords ethnography; ethnology; French Guiana; child; education; minority; school success
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 1742-1752
Journal Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (2013) 106
ISSN 1877-0428
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution