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Sustaining and transgressing borders. The relationship between children and the elderly in Mad Men
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4427-3321
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6901-4417
2018 (English)In: Connecting childhood and old age in popular media / [ed] Vanessa Joosen, Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2018, p. 184-206Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Children and the elderly are, in various contexts, portrayed as ideal companions, and positioned as “others” in relation to the more powerful generation in between (Joosen 128, 136-138; Hockey and James 2-5). In children’s literature, for example, the relationship between the two age groups tends to be romanticized, featuring their mutual interests in nature, animals, fantasy and storytelling. In this chapter, we explore how the two categories meet in the award-winning drama TV series Mad Men. The aim is to scrutinize the link between childhood and old age, by analyzing how the relationships between a young girl, Sally Draper, and her elderly relatives are played out. Exploring key scenes, we show how the companionship between children and the elderly is constructed as rewarding for both parties, yet as provocative and challenging rather than romantic and harmless...

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Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2018. p. 184-206
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147540ISBN: 9781496815163 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147540DiVA, id: diva2:1201157
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2019-10-22Bibliographically approved

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