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ERIC Number: EJ836383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Beyond Social Constructionism: A Structural Analysis of the Cultural Significance of the Child Star
O'Connor, Jane
Children & Society, v23 n3 p214-225 May 2009
This article challenges the dominance of social constructionist theories of childhood by presenting a structural analysis of the child star as a recurrent, universal feature in the myths and legends of the world. The article argues that by conceptualising our understanding of children and childhood as being due solely to the socio-historical context in which they live, an important dimension of childhood may be overlooked. Through looking at media stories about child stars throughout the twentieth century, this article uses a psychoanalytic Jungian framework to explore deeper similarities and patterns in cultural story telling about children over different eras and social contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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