Rethinking Superhero and Weapon Play (Paperback)Steven Popper (author)
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"Warm, funny, smart, and honest, the argument made in Steven Popper's book astutely, and with a sharp eye for detail, teases out many subtle reflections on morality, childhood development and the paradoxes of human nature, through the lens of our much-loved Superhero narratives. He is able, through nuanced and well-supported argument, drawn from both theory and practice, and from pedagogy and real life, to present a compelling and detailed account of the ways in which these stories might interface with the moral development of children. The book offers a rich, and articulate narrative of its own, which `aims at the good' in its desire to propose that immersion in such superhero `narrative play' can teach children about ethics, social responsibility, and what it is to be `human'. This is also a wonderful contribution to debates around the role of mass media in promoting critical thinking and enquiry among children."
Dr. Sheena Calvert, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, UK
"This book authoritatively assesses the virtues of engaging in superhero play with young children. It argues that far from damaging children and encouraging them to adopt unthinking, aggressive behaviours superhero play is an implicitly moral activity. It encourages children to explore profound moral and ethical thinking. This book is both a well-researched account of the appeal that superhero play has for children of both sexes and a practical guide to how such play can be used imaginatively in early years settings."
Rob Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and Education, University of Chichester, UK
Publisher: Open University Press
Number of pages: 184
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
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