[LMB] Single children (Was China)
celticdragonfly at gmail.com
Thu Sep 6 19:27:33 BST 2007
Robin wrote, on why males growing up in China's one-child policy will
> > My theory is: very male, very unused to sharing (no siblings, so no
> > sense of "brotherhood,")
> Do you think this is true of all single children, or only Chinese boys?
> There are quite a few single children in the Vorsorkigan books (Miles, Ivan, Gregor, Elena)? Are they exemplars of this?
I think the issue will be far more evident in a society of only-child
families than in examples of only-child families in a mixed society.
In China, you have a pre-existing heavy focus on the son, further
focussed because a baby boy will be the ONLY focus of two parents,
four grandparents, possibly up to 8 great-grandparents (or however
many are still alive). There's a lot of potential, I think, for
insufferably spoiled boys.
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