The border marks of Ethnic Identity: Parenting Practices in Lithuania, Spain and France
The article reflects on the differences of parenting in Lithuania and Southern Europe (Spain and France),
arising in the emic perspective of migration. Through an analysis of interpretations on everyday life practices of parenting related to the discourse of ethnic identity, it concentrates on the problem of ethnic
identity. The article is based on the theory of ethnologist, Orvar Löfgren. The theory claims that in relation
to the “Other”, the small details of everyday life become symbolic representations or distillations of central
national ideas or patterns of behavior. The article concludes that the symbolic representations of a particular nation or culture are produced in dependence upon characteristics of the “Other” nation or culture,
with which the first one is being compared.