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TV-Hero(in)es of Boys and Girls

Reception Studies of Favorite Characters

Maya Götz

Out of all the media that today’s children encounter, what makes a particular TV character a child’s favorite? Based on 80 case studies, in-depth fan studies and standardized surveys with over 5,000 children between the ages six and twelve in Germany, this book elucidates how girls and boys use TV characters in their everyday lives and their identity work.
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Part I: Case Studies: Tracing the Significance of Favorite Television Characters in Boys’ and Girls’ Everyday Lives

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Part I

Case Studies:Tracing the Significance of Favorite Television Characters in Boys’ and Girls’ Everyday Lives

Children use media in order to develop an image of themselves, the world around them and possible patterns of action. The following chapters will sketch the form these complex processes can take in girls and boys, as well as the role played in them by favorite television characters. The chapter draws on 40 case studies of girls and 40 case studies of boys between the ages of 8 and 11. The case studies are analyzed with regard to the action guiding themes (Chapter 1) and the typical relationships children establish with their favorite TV character (Chapter 2). From a gender-sensitive perspective we reconstruct how girls integrate their TV hero(in)es into their identity work (Chapter 3) and how boys make meaning with their favorite TV characters (Chapter 4). ← 37 | 38 → ← 38 | 39 →

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