Inhibitions and Compensations: A Study of the Effects of Negative Sanctions in Three Pacific Cultures
Mageo, Jeannette Marie
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Oedipus is named after his injured feet because he represents that part of ourselves lamed by the social sanctions. The fact that sanctions used to control children have consequences for character is well documented in psychological studies (see, for example, Aronson  1984:216). Ethnographers, however, have difficulty documenting how cultures contribute to these consequences (see Devos and Hippler 1969; Inkeles and Levinson 1969; Shweder 1979). This study offers a solution to the problems that arise in the cross-cultural study of socialization by focusing upon certain relations between cultural ideology, language, and social institutions.