Download e-book for iPad: New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: by John Stephens, Clare Bradford, Kerry Mallan, Robyn McCallum

By John Stephens, Clare Bradford, Kerry Mallan, Robyn McCallum

ISBN-10: 0230020054

ISBN-13: 9780230020054

New international Orders demonstrates how modern children's texts draw on utopian and dystopian tropes of their projections of attainable futures. In interpreting a various variety of foreign children's literature and picture produced among 1988 and 2006, the authors discover the ways that children's texts reply to social switch and worldwide politics, giving form to children's perceived anxieties and wishes. The e-book argues that children's texts are crucially implicated in shaping the values in their readers.

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Thus, globalisation is variously defined as a set of structures and processes that are economic, social, technological, political, and cultural and that have arisen from the way in which goods are produced, consumed, and traded within an international political economy. Glocalisation, however, is a useful concept in that it reminds us that the local is now also the ‘glocal’, as local communities engage with globalising pressures for institutional change and social adaptation at the same time that they seek ways of preserving local identity and customs.

Although actions may presuppose routine and pre-reflexive forms of behaviour, ‘the existence of values also presupposes a creative process by which values are fashioned and transmitted’ (McNay, p. 189). Hence in its quite wild leaps between the private and the public Blue Avenger offers a perspective on choice and agency consistent with that offered by, for example, international relations expert Steve Smith: the future of world order depends on the choices our leaders make and the values we think they should promote.

5). Nowhere is this more pertinent than in texts written and produced for children by adults. As we noted in Chapter 1, we seem to be living through a constant state of crisis. With the collapse of one of the world’s two superpowers in 1991, international politics changed bringing an end to the bipolar international system that had dominated since the end of the Second World War and introducing a new phenomenon — globalisation. Globalisation emerged along with the declaration of a new world order as international economy and culture were undergoing a rapid transformation that shows no signs of abating.

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