Title Child Subject in Azerbaijani Folklore
Authors Türkay RAHİMOVA
Abstract Until XIX centuries it was believed chidlren were raised inregard with the information about outer world. Since they did not have right to interfere with the events or judge them they became irresponsible members of the society and the society had long struggled to remove this irresponsibility. Nationalization process in the West which gathered nations around one central power, one language and one culture resulted in the formation of new type of society and this process necessitated the creation of new identities. Thus childhood conception was created which brought new way of looking at children. Freud, Piaget, Vygotsky’s vews made their way into the societies. Due to these views children had not only biological but also social and cultural identities. In other words these views claimed that children are shaped given the views of world yet they shape the world itself. All these turned children into active actors of the society and these actors gained power over directing future conflicts in the world. Yet how turkic world considered these western views? Are child characters described as irresponsible and powerless enough not to be able to change the reality in our stories. If so then why our kings saved their nations and states with the help of their kids whenever they faced difficulties?! Does not it show how turkic world value children and what kind of power the children have?! In order to find answers to these questions it is of help to turn to our folklore. The research paper will deal with child issues based on turkic nations’ especially Azerbaijani folklore and try to find what kind of power and rights children had in turkic world.
Keywords childhood, child in Azerbaijani folklore, child characters.
Journal IJSES - International Journal of Social and Economic Sciences
Issue Issue 1
Page 59-63
Year 2012
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