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Gender in Disney books
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Children’s picture-books have a lot of influence on children’s gender development since they give the young readers a picture of the prevailing societal norms and standards of masculine and feminine behaviour. The purpose of this essay is to describe how gender is depicted in children’s picture-books by means of language, story, and illustrations. Five Disney picture-books written in English have been selected. They are all published within a limited period of time and are of the same length. It has been shown that the depiction of female and male characters is quite consistent throughout the five books. The characters are depicted according to their gender. An examination of the language revealed that the characters’ personal names, the adjectives describing them, and the conversational style are all gender specific. The five stories offer traditional gender roles, where women are perceived as less capable than men. The illustrations further reinforce the picture of women as inferior to men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, depiction, gender, Disney, language, story, illustrations, picture books, children, gender roles
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-42993ISRN: LTU-CUPP--03/058--SELocal ID: 0ecb6b6b-5272-4593-a929-7aecd975310fOAI: diva2:1016220
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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