Tattling and Hierarchy – Ethnographic Analysis. Cover Image

Žalovanie a hierarchia – etnografická Analýza.
Tattling and Hierarchy – Ethnographic Analysis.

Author(s): Zuzana Stoláriková
Subject(s): Preschool education, Social psychology and group interaction
Published by: Slovenská pedagogická spoločnosť pri SAV
Keywords: dominance; social hierarchy; tattling; gossip; agonistic behavior;

Summary/Abstract: Preschool children tend to organize their groups in very well defined hierarchy. Children use tattling, which is an observable form of gossip, as a tool to punish unacceptable behavior. However, it is also a strategy of dominant children to protect common resources. On the other hand, other studies suggest dominant individuals are the subject of gossip more frequently. This study aims to verify following hypothesis: Less dominant individuals use tattling to weaken the reputation of more dominant individuals in their common children peer group. The results suggest the tattling goal of less dominant children really is to weaken the reputation of those children who are higher in the hierarchy, but it is used to create coalitions also.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 22-39
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Slovak