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Unformatted text preview: o End of 19 th century: books began to involve children as the main character (Mark Twain, etc.) Children are becoming romanticized Violence would have been a very common way for parents to control their children in the literature o McGuffy Reader Simple, basic learning to read, do not encourage creativity Contemporary context promotes these things • Economically useful o Things that are predominantly promoted and available to children in middle class or affluent settings o Status is also replicated • Preferred meanings embedded in stories o Gender SOCI 305 2 3/9/10 o Norms o Freedom o Rules o Imperfection is okay • Implications for society o Adults think by telling these stories children absorb lessons, but they won’t necessarily understand them in the same way o Both conformity and creativity: multiple contradictory lessons o...
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