Babes in Tomorrowland

Author: Nicholas Sammond
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822386836
Format: PDF
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Linking Margaret Mead to the Mickey Mouse Club and behaviorism to Bambi, Nicholas Sammond traces a path back to the early-twentieth-century sources of “the normal American child.” He locates the origins of this hypothetical child in the interplay between developmental science and popular media. In the process, he shows that the relationship between the media and the child has long been much more symbiotic than arguments that the child is irrevocably shaped by the media it consumes would lead one to believe. Focusing on the products of the Walt Disney company, Sammond demonstrates that without a vision of a normal American child and the belief that movies and television either helped or hindered its development, Disney might never have found its market niche as the paragon of family entertainment. At the same time, without media producers such as Disney, representations of the ideal child would not have circulated as freely in American popular culture. In vivid detail, Sammond describes how the latest thinking about human development was translated into the practice of child-rearing and how magazines and parenting manuals characterized the child as the crucible of an ideal American culture. He chronicles how Walt Disney Productions’ greatest creation—the image of Walt Disney himself—was made to embody evolving ideas of what was best for the child and for society. Bringing popular child-rearing manuals, periodicals, advertisements, and mainstream sociological texts together with the films, tv programs, ancillary products, and public relations materials of Walt Disney Productions, Babes in Tomorrowland reveals a child that was as much the necessary precursor of popular media as the victim of its excesses.

The cinematic child

Author: Christian Stewen
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
ISBN: 3741000442
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Die kulturellen Diskurse, innerhalb derer Vorstellungen von Kind und Kino miteinander verschaltet werden, sind insbesondere in den letzten Jahren allgegenwärtig, vielgestaltig und komplex vernetzt. Mithilfe des Begriffs des "Cinematic Child" lassen sich zentrale Deutungsebenen auffächern und miteinander in Beziehung setzen. Die Bezeichnung eröffnet den Blick auf eine spezifisch filmisch generierte Vorstellung von Kindheit. Mit Bezug auf aktuelle US-amerikanische Spielfilme der 1990er und 2000er Jahre stellen sich anhand der vier Analysekategorien Fantasie, Unschuld, Geschichte und Störung die Fragen nach medialen Konstruktionsformen und -mechanismen von Kindheit. Detaillierte Filmanalysen leiten über in die Betrachtung populärer, medienpädagogisch motivierter Diskurse, die in der Auseinandersetzung mit den filmischen Strukturen ganz ähnliche Vorstellungen von Kindheit und Medialität und ihrer wechselseitigen Beziehungen entwickeln. Innerhalb verbreiteter "Moral Panics" wird das zuschauende Kind als gleichsam fremd bestimmtes Opfer medialer Gewalteinwirkungen und in diesem Sinne als ein negativ geprägtes "Cinematic Child" sinnhaft. Der Band bietet u.a. Analysen der Filme THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (USA/UK 2005-2008), HARRY POTTER (UK/USA 2001-2007), ROAD TO PERDITION (USA 2001), HEARTS IN ATLANTIS (USA 2001), WALK THE LINE (USA 2005), THE OTHERS (USA u.a. 2001) und THE RING (USA 2002). Die Arbeit wurde mit dem Medius-Sonderpreis ausgezeichnet, der seit 2008 von der Freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen (FSF), der Gesellschaft für Medienpädagogik und Kommunikationskultur (GMK) sowie dem Deutschen Kinderhilfswerk (DKHW) vergeben wird.

Geniale St rung

Author: Steve Silberman
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 3832189254
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»Faszinierend zu lesen – ein Buch für jeden, der sich für Autismus und das menschliche Gehirns interessiert.« Oliver Sacks Was ist Autismus? Eine verheerende Entwicklungsstörung, eine lebenslange Behinderung? Oder aber eine ganz normale kognitive Eigenheit, verwandt mit Formen des Genies? In Wahrheit ist Autismus das alles und noch mehr. In einer einzigartigen Mischung aus Historie, Reportage und wissenschaftlicher Studie kommt Steve Silberman in seinem bahnbrechenden Buch dieser bis heute mysteriösen neuronalen Besonderheit auf die Spur. Er hat jahrelang die geheime Geschichte des Autismus recherchiert. Zudem findet er überraschende Antworten auf die Frage, warum die Zahl der Diagnosen in den letzten Jahren gestiegen ist. Dabei nimmt Silberman den Leser mit auf eine Kreuzfahrt nach Alaska – an Bord die führenden Programmierer des Silicon Valley. Oder auch ins London des 18. Jahrhunderts, wo der exzentrische Henry Cavendish das ohmsche Gesetz entdeckte – aber niemandem davon erzählte. Und wir hören die Geschichte von Hans Asperger, der seine kleinen Patienten vor den Nazis zu beschützen versuchte. Am Ende aber zeigt uns Steve Silberman in seinem wunderbar erzählten, empathischen Buch, dass wir Autisten und ihre Art zu denken brauchen.

A Girl s Childhood

Author: Linda C. Mayes
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300117590
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A uniquely detailed study of child development theory and practice in the post?World War II era

The Oxford Handbook of Children s Literature

Author: Julia Mickenberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199701919
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature is an ambitious new resource that provides a thorough grounding in the field through a selection of original interdisciplinary essays on canonical and popular works in the Anglo American tradition. Twenty-six essays by top scholars from varied disciplines address theoretical, historical, sociological, and critical issues through analyses of classic novels such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, and The Swiss Family Robinson; early educational and religious works such as The New England Primer and Froggy's Little Brother; picture books, comics and graphic novels such as Millions of Cats, Peanuts and American Born Chinese; early readers, including The Cat in the Hat and the Frog and Toad books; newer children's classics such as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials trilogy; and works of poetry and drama, including The Dream Keeper and Peter Pan. Other media such as the classic album Free to Be .. You and Me and the generation-defining cartoon film Dumbo are also addressed. An editors' introduction sets the stage by reviewing the field's history, foundational scholarship, and current critical trends. The handbook is geared toward graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and scholars new to the study of children's literature, as well as teachers, librarians and others wishing to immerse themselves in the most vital new research in this vibrant and growing field.

Good Girls Wicked Witches

Author: Amy M. Davis
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0861969014
Format: PDF
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An in-depth view of the way popular female stereotypes were reflected in—and were shaped by—the portrayal of women in Disney’s animated features. In Good Girls and Wicked Witches, Amy M. Davis re-examines the notion that Disney heroines are rewarded for passivity. Davis proceeds from the assumption that, in their representations of femininity, Disney films both reflected and helped shape the attitudes of the wider society, both at the time of their first release and subsequently. Analyzing the construction of (mainly human) female characters in the animated films of the Walt Disney Studio between 1937 and 2001, she attempts to establish the extent to which these characterizations were shaped by wider popular stereotypes. Davis argues that it is within the most constructed of all moving images of the female form—the heroine of the animated film—that the most telling aspects of Woman as the subject of Hollywood iconography and cultural ideas of American womanhood are to be found. “A fascinating compilation of essays in which [Davis] examined the way Disney has treated female characters throughout its history.” —PopMatters

New American Teenagers

Author: Barbara Jane Brickman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441176772
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Taking a closer look at teen film in the 1970s, New American Teenagers uncovers previously marginalized voices that rework the classically male, heterosexual American teenage story. While their parents' era defined the American teenager with the romantic male figure of James Dean, this generation of adolescents offers a dramatically altered picture of transformed gender dynamics, fluid and queered sexuality, and a chilling disregard for the authority of parent, or more specifically, patriarchal culture. Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween, and Badlands offer a reprieve from the 'straight' developmental narrative, including in the canon of study the changing definition of the American teenager. Barbara Brickman is the first to challenge the neglect of this decade in discussions of teen film by establishing the subversive potential and critical revision possible in the narratives of these new teenage voices, particularly in regards to changing notions of gender and sexuality.

Selling the Silver Bullet

Author: Avi Santo
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477303979
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Originating as a radio series in 1933, the Lone Ranger is a cross-media star who has appeared in comic strips, comic books, adult and juvenile novels, feature films and serials, clothing, games, toys, home furnishings, and many other consumer products. In his prime, he rivaled Mickey Mouse as one of the most successfully licensed and merchandised children's properties in the United States, while in more recent decades, the Lone Ranger has struggled to resonate with consumers, leading to efforts to rebrand the property. The Lone Ranger's eighty-year history as a lifestyle brand thus offers a perfect case study of how the fields of licensing, merchandizing, and brand management have operated within shifting industrial and sociohistorical conditions that continue to redefine how the business of entertainment functions. Deciphering how iconic characters gain and retain their status as cultural commodities, Selling the Silver Bullet focuses on the work done by peripheral consumer product and licensing divisions in selectively extending the characters' reach and in cultivating investment in these characters among potential stakeholders. Tracing the Lone Ranger's decades-long career as intellectual property allows Avi Santo to analyze the mechanisms that drive contemporary character licensing and entertainment brand management practices, while at the same time situating the licensing field's development within particular sociohistorical and industrial contexts. He also offers a nuanced assessment of the ways that character licensing firms and consumer product divisions have responded to changing cultural and economic conditions over the past eighty years, which will alter perceptions about the creative and managerial authority these ancillary units wield.

Representing Youth

Author: Amy L. Best
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814709176
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From youth culture to adolescent sexuality to the consumer purchasing power of children en masse, studies are flourishing. Yet doing research on this unquestionably more vulnerable—whether five or fifteen—population also poses a unique set of challenges and dilemmas for researchers. How should a six-year-old be approached for an interview? What questions and topics are appropriate for twelve year olds? Do parents need to give their approval for all studies? In Representing Youth, Amy L. Best has assembled an important group of essays from some of today’s top scholars on the subject of youth that address these concerns head on, providing scholars with thoughtful and often practical answers to their many methodological concerns. These original essays range from how to conduct research on youth in ways that can be empowering for them, to issues of writing and representation, to respecting boundaries and to dealing with issues of risk and responsibility to those interviewed. For anyone doing research or working with children and young adults, Representing Youth offers an indispensable guide to many of the unique dilemmas that research with kids entails. Contributors include: Amy L. Best, Sari Knopp Biklen, Elizabeth Chin, Susan Driver, Marc Flacks, Kathryn Gold Hadley, Madeline Leonard, C.J. Pascoe, Rebecca Raby, Alyssa Richman, Jessica Taft, Michael Ungar, Yvonne Vissing, and Stephani Etheridge Woodson.

Animals and the Human Imagination

Author: Aaron S. Gross
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231527764
Format: PDF, ePub
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Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals' significance in human self-conception. Thinkers such as French philosopher Jacques Derrida, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and American theorist Donna Haraway have initiated rigorous inquiries into the question of the animal, now blossoming in a number of directions. It is no longer strange to say that if animals did not exist, we would have to invent them. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collection reflects the growth of animal studies as an independent field and the rise of "animality" as a critical lens through which to analyze society and culture, on a par with race and gender. Essays consider the role of animals in the human imagination and the imagination of the human; the worldviews of indigenous peoples; animal-human mythology in early modern China; and political uses of the animal in postcolonial India. They engage with the theoretical underpinnings of the animal protection movement, representations of animals in children's literature, depictions of animals in contemporary art, and the philosophical positioning of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida. The strength of this companion lies in its timeliness and contextual diversity, which makes it essential reading for students and researchers while further developing the parameters of the discipline.