The Cultural Significance of the Child Star

The Cultural Significance of the Child Star

Furthermore, the perpetuation of the negative connotation of child stars illuminates the power of the media to oppress certain minority groups by reducing their experiences to a formulised convention and highlights the ways in which ...

Author: Jane Catherine O'Connor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135898267

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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The child star is an iconic figure in Western society representing a growing cultural trend which idolises, castigates and fetishises the image of the perfect, innocent and beautiful child. In this book, Jane O’Connor explores the paradoxical status of the child star who is both adored and reviled in contemporary society. Drawing on current debates about the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood and fears about children ‘growing up too soon’, she identifies hostile media attention around child stars as indicative of broader social concerns about the ‘correct’ role and place of children in relation to normative ideals of childhood. Through reference to extensive empirical examples of the way child stars such as Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin, Charlotte Church and Jackie Coogan have been constructed in the media, this book illustrates both the powerlessness and the power held by this tiny band of children, and demonstrates their significance as representatives of the public face of childhood throughout the twentieth century and beyond.
Categories: Social Science

Tropical Renditions

Tropical Renditions

Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture. New York: Holt, 2009. O'Connor, Jane. “Beyond Social Constructionism: A Structural Analysis of the Cultural Significance of the Child Star.” Children and Society 23, no. 3(2009).

Author: Christine Bacareza Balance

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822375142

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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In Tropical Renditions Christine Bacareza Balance examines how the performance and reception of post-World War II Filipino and Filipino American popular music provide crucial tools for composing Filipino identities, publics, and politics. To understand this dynamic, Balance advocates for a "disobedient listening" that reveals how Filipino musicians challenge dominant racialized U.S. imperialist tropes of Filipinos as primitive, childlike, derivative, and mimetic. Balance disobediently listens to how the Bay Area turntablist DJ group the Invisibl Skratch Piklz bear the burden of racialized performers in the United States and defy conventions on musical ownership; to karaoke as affective labor, aesthetic expression, and pedagogical instrument; to how writer and performer Jessica Hagedorn's collaborative and improvisational authorial voice signals the importance of migration and place; and how Pinoy indie rock scenes challenge the relationship between race and musical genre by tracing the alternative routes that popular music takes. In each instance Filipino musicians, writers, visual artists, and filmmakers work within and against the legacies of the U.S./Philippine imperial encounter, and in so doing, move beyond preoccupations with authenticity and offer new ways to reimagine tropical places.
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The Child and Childhood in Folk thought The Child in Primitive Culture

The Child and Childhood in Folk thought  The Child in Primitive Culture

Thus it is that “ Never is the bucket empty , Never are the children old , Ever when the moon is shining We the ... The Andaman Islanders say that the sun is the wife of the moon , and the stars are their children boys and girls who go ...

Author: Alexander Francis Chamberlain

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:AH6DEH

Category: Child development

Page: 464

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Categories: Child development

The Cultural Turn in U S History

The Cultural Turn in U  S  History

Sales of Shirley Temple dolls by Ideal Novelty and Toy Company alone accounted for gross sales of $ 45 million before 1941 ( Black , Child Star , 85 ) . 20. Rosten , Hollywood , 273 . 21. Edwards , Shirley Temple , American Princess ...

Author: Assistant Professor of History and American Culture James W Cook

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106019855953

Category: History

Page: 447

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An account of one of the most dominant trends in recent historical writing, this book takes stock of the field even as it showcases exemplars of its practice. Taken together, the essays present a broad picture of the state of American cultural-historical scholarship.
Categories: History

American Legends

American Legends

This is not mentioned to degrade her films but instead to identify the way in which the significance of the child star far outshined that of her films.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher:

ISBN: 1542764122

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Page: 52

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*Includes pictures of Shirley Temple and important people, places, and scenes. *Includes Temple's own quotes about her life and relationships. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph." - Shirley Temple A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Shirley Temple remains the most famous child star of all time, but even this designation fails to reflect the magnitude of her popularity during the era in which she worked. While it is true that she was not the first child actor to reach Hollywood fame, she was the first-and to this day, perhaps the only-star who rose to the very pinnacle of the Hollywood elite before she even turned 10 years of age. For this reason, it is no exaggeration to view Shirley as the progenitor for all of the child actors that succeeded her. Moreover, her cultural importance constitutes an even more important barometer through which to measure her overall significance. Not only was Shirley a film star, but she had a monumental impact on a generation of children who grew up during the Great Depression, with her plucky optimism representing an invaluable calming presence for an American public struggling both financially and emotionally. She was not only a young actress but also a brand name, someone who offered fathers and mothers hope for their children to achieve the same success as the famous child star. For all of Shirley Temple's fame, it is no doubt surprising to many that her actual films received scant critical acclaim. Her films were never mentioned on critical "best of" lists, nor did they regularly appear on the list of nominees for the Academy Awards. In fact, even though most everyone has viewed at least one of her films, it is unlikely that most people could name many of her films. This is not mentioned to degrade her films but instead to identify the way in which the significance of the child star far outshined that of her films. It is worth considering, therefore, what the relationship was between Temple and her films, and how she was framed within the narratives. How exactly did Temple first reach Hollywood fame, and how did the many films she appeared in between 1934 and 1938 - the height of her career - build her fame to its lofty peak even as they were quickly forgotten? Yet another stark difference in Temple's career was the way in which it declined as quickly as it rose. With most famous actresses, a relatively unremarkable childhood precedes an extraordinary film career, but with Temple, the opposite dynamic took place; she led a childhood whose fame has never been equaled, and it has overshadowed the rest of her adult life. Regardless, Shirley Temple remains a household name today, not only for the way in which her career shaped America during the Depression but for the path she blazed for other child stars. American Legends: The Life of Shirley Temple profiles the life and career of Hollywood's most famous child star. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Shirley Temple like you never have before, in no time at all.
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The History of the Seven Wise Masters of Rome

The History of the Seven Wise Masters of Rome

Then said the child , I must also behold the Firmament with the stars : and so he did ; and found clear in a little star , that if he could abstain from speaking seven dayes , he should be preserved and save his life .

Author: George Laurence Gomme

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HW37N3

Category: Chapbooks

Page: 180

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Categories: Chapbooks

Chap books and Folk lore Tracts The history of the seven wise masters of Rome

Chap books and Folk lore Tracts  The history of the seven wise masters of Rome

Then said the child , I must also behold the Firmament with the stars : and so he did ; and found clear in a little star , that if he could abstain from speaking seven dayes , he should be preserved and save his life .

Author: George Laurence Gomme

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3540936

Category: Chapbooks

Page:

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Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black

In modern culture , the mass media contribute to a child actor's rapid rise from obscurity to celebrity . ... Jackie Coogan , one of the few child stars whose name is recognized by a significant segment of the general public , began ...

Author: Patsy Guy Hammontree

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015043117707

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

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An examination of Shirley Temple Black's success as a child star phenomenon and afterward as businesswoman, political activist and humanitarian.
Categories: Social Science