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Barbie princesses and dinosaur dragons: Narration as a way of doing gender
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies.
2005 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, Vol. 17, no 5, 539-553 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, young children's narration in words and pictures is discussed from a gender perspective. The article is based on a project in which eight pre-school children made their own books. In their stories, the children reused narratives picked up from different media, both traditional fairytales and popular cultural products. The reuse of those narratives gives children opportunities to explore gender positions in a playful way. The narratives produced by the children had, in certain respects, a gender-stereotyped content. The girls and the boys selected gender-specific themes for their stories. But in their stories, the children also made reinterpretations of traditional stories and gender patterns. The girls let the female characters play the active roles and the boys let their heroes become friends with the enemies. In this way, the children used the stories creatively, reshaping them to fit their own purposes.

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2005. Vol. 17, no 5, 539-553 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-30928DOI: 10.1080/09540250500192777Local ID: 16603OAI: diva2:251751
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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