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Building a boy’s identity: representations of masculinity in youth literature

Article

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Disciplines
KeywordsTriple Keywords
Literature
Western literature (Western countries)
Belles-lettres
World literature
Identity
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Socialization
Social education
Child socialization
Children--Socialization
Enculturation
Subject (Philosophy)

Abstract

As a cultural product, children’s literature conveys some representations regarding masculinity. What are those representations and how do they influence the development of boys’ gender identity? Since children’s literature contributes largely to the socialisation of youngsters and adolescents, it is important to recognize the social norms it transmits. This article addresses the topic by taking into account the primacy of masculine gender in children’s literature. The representations of masculinity that are revealed are analysed in function of the theories which consider that gender identity is a social construct.

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