Exploration of a Journal Article in Sociology
May 5, 2013
As I was searching for a journal I am across the paper A Novel Approach: The Sociology of Literature, Children’s Books, and Social Inequality (Singer 2011). Amy Singer takes a look at what impact children’s books have on society. Her work is based off of Windy Griswold and this is how she got started on her own work. In her research she was trying to prove a combination of humanistic and social scientific methods in order to study children’s novels and their productive works.
As she was doing her research she was having to agree with Griswold’s findings. Social conflicts were coming up in the children’s books that she was reading. British Publishers tend to publish books according to where the author is from. So for example if the author is from Africa the book should be based on African life and not of urban or city life. The publishing company’s think that if books are written a certain way they will sell better. That is not the case a lot of the time. American publishers tend to put African Americans is that same category. Low income and live in the urban city and it makes people relate to it better. Amy Singer looked for stories that broke away from this normal and put people in socially different places like a mother who was single and raising children well. Independent woman minorities were the leads in the story and not supporting roles in the stories. She was also looking at the messages that were left in books. She also saw there were adult jokes put in children’s movies like Nemo and Shrek.
The paper was showing how it has affected how our society saw the world and what kind of mark it has left behind. Picking a chapter that went along with this journal was hard. I think both 5 and 6 have a lot to do with this article and existence of males and females getting along in society. What role someone plays in society and it can relate to a children’s book. She is also...
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