Gender stereotypes and the representation of femininity in picture books for children of pre-school and school age (Bachelor thesis)

Χαριτοπούλου, Φλωρεντία/ Charitopoulou, Florentia

The paper examines illustrated children's books of preschool and primary school age from a gender perspective. Specifically, the paper focuses on and investigates the representations of femininity, the stereotypes about it and the social roles associated with it, in a sample of books from kindergarten libraries. After examining theoretical issues concerning children's literature, such as its ideological dimension and function, and the role of illustration in the inscription of ideas and perceptions, as well as the issue of gender, gender identities and gender stereotypes, the paper focuses on the analysis of seven illustrated children's books, examining both verbal and visual/picture narrative. The paper concludes that it is fair that men and women are judged as individuals according to their qualifications and abilities and not according to their gender, in order to eliminate stereotypes against women and achieve gender equality
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Sexism in textbooks
Keywords: Εικονογραφημένα παιδικά βιβλία,Στερεότυπα,Έμφυλες ταυτότητες,Θηλυκότητα,Illustrated children's books,Gender identities,Femininity,Stereotypes

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