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TR 70. The Ninjas, the X-Men, and the Ladies: Playing with Power and Identity in an Urban Primary Sc

By Anne Haas Dyson

Summary: Based on a qualitative study of writing in an urban second grade classroom, Dyson analyzes children's symbolic and social use of superhero stories-- popular media stories that vividly reveal societal beliefs about power and gender, which are themselves interwoven in complex ways with race, class, and physical demeanor. Through the writing and acting of their stories, the children raised issues about who plays whom in whose story. The dialogic processes thus enacted allowed rigid images of gender relations and of glorified power to be rendered more complex. August, 1994; 20 pages.

TR 70. The Ninjas, the X-Men, and the Ladies: Playing with Power and Identity in an Urban Primary School
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