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Killing Monsters : Our Children's Need For Fantasy, Heroism, and Make-Believe Violence - Gerard Jones

Killing Monsters

Our Children's Need For Fantasy, Heroism, and Make-Believe Violence

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Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even trashy or violent entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way. Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions and build stronger selves.

Forewordp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Being Strongp. 1
Seeing What We're Prepared to Seep. 23
The Magic Wandp. 45
The Good Fightp. 65
Girl Powerp. 77
Calming the Stormp. 97
Fantasy and Realityp. 113
The Courage to Changep. 129
Vampire Slayersp. 149
Shootersp. 165
Model, Mirror, and Mentorp. 183
Not So Alonep. 205
Growing Upp. 219
Notesp. 233
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780465036967
ISBN-10: 0465036961
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th May 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1