Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


French Studies

Reader 1

Dalton Krauss

Reader 2

Eric Haskell

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This thesis studies the differences in the cultural expectations of parents between the United States and France and examines how these cultural differences affect the behavior of children. Split into three parts, the first part of the thesis outlines behavioral theory of anthropologist, Erving Goffman. The second part discusses the parent-child relationship as outlines by American author, Pamela Druckerman and French psychologist, Francoise Dolto. The last part examines three different French children's books and discusses the behavior of each protagonist. Ultimately it is argued that behavior is culturally conditioned, even in young children.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.