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ERIC Number: EJ831979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
It Takes an Exorcist: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Brat Camp," and the War against Children
Beck, Bernard
Multicultural Perspectives, v8 n2 p25-28 Jul 2006
People are taught in college that culture is learned, shared, and transmitted. Transmitting it may be the hardest job of all, and so much depends on it. Transmitting culture, though, requires that people deal with creatures who haven't gotten it yet and don't care to use it, which are the children. People need not only to transmit culture, acquire the culture of transmission, but also to use cultural tools to handle their own inadequacies. They need a theory of children, especially naughty children, and a science of controlling and defeating them. Children are just like other kinds of unruly people in creating this challenge, but people are limited in their strategic response by the cultural demand that they value children and love them. That's a tough practical problem; it's also a monumental emotional and ethical problem. To help people with these problems, culture offers several ways of understanding children. One of the ways is to see children as aliens that are hostile and powerful. Movie history gives many examples depicting war against children and different views on children over a long period of time. In this article, the author discusses Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (1964), a book that has been made into movies twice with different flavors and different appeals on children, and the television "reality" series called "Brat Camp" (Grodner & Shapiro, 2005), a documentary-like recording of the progress of an assortment of troubled and troublesome monsters through an intense and successful program of wilderness survival and tough love.
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Language: English
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