Children’s Literature and the social construction of ideas of family by Catherine Bardell
"Family has been socially constructed throughout Children’s Literature for generations. Family is hard to define and one explanation suggests ‘Family is a social unit consisting of parents and their children’ (Collins, 1981, p308). However, Little (2014, Ch14.1) portrays family ‘as a socially recognised group (usually joined by blood, marriage or adoption) that forms an emotional connection.’ It is clear, no matter how many definitions of family there are, family can only be determined and represented from an individual’s experiences or point of view."
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