Show simple item record Wohlwend, Karen E. 2012-06-05T13:51:10Z 2012-06-05T13:51:10Z 2011-07-15
dc.identifier.citation Wohlwend, K. E. (2012). "Are you guys girls?": Boys, identity texts, and Disney Princess play. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 12(3), 3-23. en
dc.description This is the postprint, author's accepted manuscript version of this article after peer review. en
dc.description.abstract Drawing from critical sociocultural perspectives that view play, literacy, and gender as social practices, boys‟ Disney Princess play is examined as a site of identity construction and contestation situated within overlapping communities of femininity and masculinity practice where children learn expected practices for “doing gender.” The article presents critical discourse analysis of two instances of 5- and 6-year-old children‟s doll play excerpted from data collected during a year of weekly visits to one focal kindergarten in a U.S. Midwest public school, part of a larger three-year study of literacy play as mediated discourse. Through princess play, children enacted femininities and masculinities and negotiated character roles with peers in ways that enforced and contested gender expectations circulated in media marketing and enacted in play groups. Findings indicate that doll play is a productive pedagogy for mediating gendered identity texts circulating through global media and for creating spaces for diverse gender performances in early childhood settings. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject gender en
dc.subject children's popular media
dc.subject princess play
dc.subject masculinities
dc.subject identity
dc.subject peer culture
dc.title “Are You Guys Girls?”: Boys, Identity Texts, and Disney Princess Play en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1468798411416787
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