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States of Childhood by Jennifer S. Light

States of Childhood

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States of Childhood by Jennifer S. Light
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Jul 14, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539012

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States of Childhood is a fascinating contribution to the history of childhood that makes us rethink young people’s role in the modern state. Throughout, Light’s focus on dramaturgy, simulation, and performance in the model worlds of junior republics offers a brilliant perspective that will interest scholars in the humanities and social sciences alike.”
– Lynn Spigel, Frances Willard Professor of Screen Cultures, Northwestern University

“As we contemplate the pedagogical applications of virtual reality and the worldbuilding potential of generative models, Jennifer Light calls our attention to the ‘junior republics’ of the last century, where youth practiced being adults and served as a supplemental labor force for their municipalities. In this characteristically meticulous study, Light offers a fascinating genealogy of roleplaying and town planning.”
– Shannon Mattern, Professor of Anthropology, The New School

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