The Children's Culture Reader / Edition 1

The Children's Culture Reader / Edition 1

by Henry Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814742327

ISBN-13: 9780814742327

Pub. Date: 10/01/1998

Publisher: New York University Press

Every major political and social dispute of the twentieth century has been fought on the backs of our children, from the economic reforms of the progressive era through the social readjustments of civil rights era and on to the current explosion of anxieties about everything from the national debt to the digital revolution. Far from noncombatants whom we seek to

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Every major political and social dispute of the twentieth century has been fought on the backs of our children, from the economic reforms of the progressive era through the social readjustments of civil rights era and on to the current explosion of anxieties about everything from the national debt to the digital revolution. Far from noncombatants whom we seek to protect from the contamination posed by adult knowledge, children form the very basis on which we fight over the nature and values of our society, and over our hopes and fears for the future.

Unfortunately, our understanding of childhood and children has not kept pace with their crucial and rapidly changing roles in our culture. Pulling together a range of different thinkers who have rethought the myths of childhood innocence, The Children's Culture Reader develops a profile of children as creative and critical thinkers who shape society even as it shapes them. Representing a range of thinking from history, psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, women's studies, literature, and media studies, The Children's Culture Reader focuses on issues of parent-child relations, child labor, education, play, and especially the relationship of children to mass media and consumer culture. The contributors include Martha Wolfenstein, Philippe Aries, Jacqueline Rose, James Kincaid, Lynn Spigel, Valerie Walkerdine, Ellen Seiter, Annette Kuhn, Eve Sedgwick, Henry Giroux, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

Including a groundbreaking introduction by the editor and a sourcebook section which excerpts a range of material from popular magazines to child rearing guides from the past 75 years, The Children's Culture Reader will propel our understanding of children and childhood into the next century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742327
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
532
Sales rank:
774,700
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.44(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Childhood Innocence and Other Modern Myths1
Pt. IChildhood Innocence
1From Immodesty to Innocence41
2The Case of Peter Pan: The Impossibility of Children's Fiction58
3Children in the House: The Material Culture of Early Childhood67
4From Useful to Useless: Moral Conflict over Child Labor81
5The Making of Children's Culture95
6Seducing the Innocent: Childhood and Television in Postwar America110
7Unlearning Black and White: Race, Media, and the Classroom136
8The New Childhood: Home Alone As a Way of Life159
9Child Abuse and the Unconscious in American Popular Culture178
Pt. IIChildhood Sexuality
10Fun Morality: An Analysis of Recent American Child-Training Literature199
11The Sensuous Child: Benjamin Spock and the Sexual Revolution209
12How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay231
13Producing Erotic Children241
14Popular Culture and the Eroticization of Little Girls254
15Stealing Innocence: The Politics of Child Beauty Pageants265
16A Credit to Her Mother283
Pt. IIIChild's Play
17Children's Desires/Mothers' Dilemmas: The Social Contexts of Consumption297
18Boys and Girls Together ... But Mostly Apart318
19Boy Culture337
20The Politics of Dollhood in Nineteenth-Century America363
21Older Heads on Younger Bodies382
22Confections, Concoctions, and Conceptions394
23Living in a World of Words406
24The Tidy House431
Pt. IVSourcebook
Sect. AIntroduction456
25Reaching Juvenile Markets459
26Does Your "Research" Embrace the Boy of Today?462
27"Selling" Food to Children463
Sect. BThe Family in Crisis468
28After the Family - What?469
29Against the Threat of Mother Love470
Sect. CChildren at War476
30Children in Wartime: Parents' Questions477
31You Are Citizen Soldiers480
32Raise Your Boy to Be a Soldier483
Sect. DPopular Culture and the Family485
33"Such Trivia As Comic Books"486
34The Play's the Thing493
Sect. EFreedom and Responsibility496
35New Parents for Old497
36Families and the World Outside499
37Time Bombs in Our Homes501
38Democratic and Autocratic Child Rearing503
Sect. FThe Permissive Family507
39The Contemporary Mother and Father508
40The New Oedipal Drama of the Permissive Family510
41The Modern Pediocracy512
Contributors515
Permissions518
Index523

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