Essays are sought for a special issue of the journal Cultural Studies<=>Critical Metholodologies on Race and Kids Culture.
More specifically, the special issue will speak to a set of shared concerns. As corporations increasingly structure and media almost entirely saturate the lives of children, scholars and social critics have rightly begun to explore the articulations of power, culture, and identity. Inspired particularly by the emergent field of cultural studies and informed by the post-marxist, feminist, and post-structural frameworks, they have interpreted the ways in which toys, games, movies, television, music, and literature educate, imprint, and otherwise interpolate them to embrace normative values and institutions. Surprisingly, race has received relatively little attention. In fact, outside of studies of schools, the racial identities and ideologies animating kids culture have been granted limited attention. This special issue seeks to redress this oversight.
Specifically, it examines the production of race in kids (popular) culture. Each contribution unpacks the entanglements of racialization and socialization in and through critical readings of popular texts. Presently, participants examine a range of topics including children's books on the internment of Japanese Americans, Bratz Dolls and the browning of America, the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in recent animated films, video games as (post)modern minsterly, and white nationalist websites aimed at children.
Completed essays would be due to me early next year, running ideally 20-30 pages in length.
Interested individuals should send either an abstract or complete manuscript along with a brief cv to C. Richard King email@example.com no later than 1 July 2005.
C. Richard King
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4010
(509) 335-2605 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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