New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations

New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations

by Clare Bradford, Kerry Mallan, John Stephens, Robyn McCallum
     
 

Children's texts are highly responsive to social change and to global politics, and are implicated in shaping the values of children and young people. New World Orders, now in paperback for the first time, shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic and political movements of the last fifteen years. With a focus on

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Children's texts are highly responsive to social change and to global politics, and are implicated in shaping the values of children and young people. New World Orders, now in paperback for the first time, shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic and political movements of the last fifteen years. With a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalization, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman. This fascinating volume is the first thorough study of how children's books imagine and propose possible worlds and societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230308565
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A New World Order or a New Dark Age?
Children's Texts, New World Orders and Transformative Possibilities
Masters, Slaves and Entrepreneurs: Globalised Utopias and New World Order(ing)s
The Lure of the Lost Paradise: Postcolonial Utopias
Reweaving Nature and Culture: Reading Ecocritically
'Radiant with Possibility': Communities and Utopianism
Ties that Bind: Reconceptualising Home and Family
The Struggle to be Human in a Posthuman World
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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