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- DescriptionIn a dozen original essays, contributors to Symbolic Childhood engage directly with the politics of representation by scrutinizing the connection between the exercise of power and portrayals of children and childhood. The volume as a whole construes childhood t as a given category, transparently understood, but as a thoroughly social artifact infused with contradictory and inexact meaning. As a social construct, childhood is thus approached as an active production which can be taken apart and reconstructed in a variety of ways, and for a variety of purposes. Chapters examine a range of issues and topics, including: precocious and gifted children, gender, sexuality, incence, school shootings, cartoons, video games, adoption, street children, and feral children.
- Author BiographyThe Editor: Daniel Thomas Cook received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and is currently Assistant Professor in the Departments of Advertising and Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has published a number of articles examining the commodification of childhood and is currently working on a manuscript on the rise of the child-consumer in the United States in the twentieth century.
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/07/2002
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitlePopular Culture and Everyday Life
- Series Part/Volume Number5
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Noteill.
- Weight410 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Edited byDaniel Thomas Cook
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