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Is this transformation of children into "little adults" an ...
Is this transformation of children into "little adults" an invention of Hollywood or a product of changing cultural definitions more broadly? In Coining for Capital, Jyostna Kapur explores the evolution of the concept of childhood from its portrayal in the eighteenth century as a pure, innocent, and idyllic state—the opposite of adulthood—to its expression today as a mere variation of adulthood, complete with characteristics of sophistication, temptation, and corruption. Kapur argues that this change in definition is not a media effect, but rather a structural feature of a deeply consumer-driven society.
Providing a new and timely perspective on the current widespread alarm over the loss of childhood, Coining for Capital concludes that our present moment is in fact one of hope and despair. As children are fortunately shedding false definitions of proscribed innocence both in film and in life, they must now also learn to navigate a deeply inequitable, antagonistic, and consumer-driven society of which they are both a part and a target.
|Introduction : without training wheels : the ride into another century of capital||1|
|1||Cradle to grave : children's marketing and the deconstruction of childhood||20|
|2||Lost kingdoms : little girls, empire, and the uses of nostalgia||44|
|3||Of cowboys and Indians : Hollywood's games with history and childhood||73|
|4||Obsolescence and other playroom anxieties : toy stories over a century of capital||93|
|5||The children who need no parents||111|
|6||The burdens of time in the bourgeois playroom||127|
|7||Free market, branded imagination : Harry Potter and the commercialization of children's culture||146|
|Conclusion : all that is solid melts into air||163|