Just a couple of interesting quotes from Jack Zipes’s book, sticks and stones:

“The more we invest in children, the more we destroy their future. There is no way out of the paradox that we have created, unless we reconsider our investment.” (P.ix)

“What is most disturbing today is that we use rational methods to cultivate the tastes and values of the young in all kinds of educational, religious, and cultural institutions that are predicated on corporate practices and goals. Everything we do to, with, and for our children is influenced by capitalist market conditions and the hegemonic interests of ruling corporate elites. In simple terms, we calculate what is best for our children by regarding them as investments and turning them into commodities. Such rationalised practices lead to irrational if not vicious behavior. Success and justice are thus based on irrational and commodified relations. Children are expected to sort out the contradictions that are inevitable and intolerable in our society….” (P.xi)

“… active children can transform  the material objects of their culture to bring about greater choice and freedom in life.” (P.xii)

“The sociopsychological impact of reading materials, the spoken word, and images cannot be measured clearly or definitively by anyone, but I believe that we can analyze the framework, the institutions, families, and schools in which we  interact with our children to grasp how we are “homogenizing” them. This is not to say that children are passive victims and are being turned out all the same way. They are indeed very active participants, but participants in processes and games that are rarely of their own making.” (P.xiii)

Ref: jack Zipes sticks and stones: the troublesome success of children’s literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. Rutledge: New York and London 

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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