Should Barbie come with instructions? : conventional and unconventional Barbie play

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dc.contributor.advisor Merten, Don E. en_US Hicks, Robin M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:58Z 2011-06-03T19:38:58Z 2000 en_US 2000
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2000 .H53 en_US
dc.description.abstract Adult attitudes toward the Barbie dolls are ambivalent, with many saying they encourage a variety of undesirable tendencies. This paper looks at the dramatic play that actually occurs with the dolls, much of it involving the normal behavior that one would expect in children who are becoming enculturated through imitation of the adult behavior they see around them. But also common is play that most adults would think of as unconventional or deviant. To what extent are parents, particularly mothers, aware of this? How does this play relate to enculturation? Does it serve other functions? And what implications does it have for the age at which children should be given Barbies and the need for adult supervision or instruction of the children? This thesis describes the types of play engaged in and considers possible answers to the questions raised above.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Anthropology
dc.format.extent ii, 118 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Play assessment (Child psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Barbie dolls. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mothers and daughters. en_US
dc.subject.other Barbie (Fictitious character)
dc.title Should Barbie come with instructions? : conventional and unconventional Barbie play en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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