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Paper planning

  1. 1. Recipe for a Paper• A group of primary sources with clearly defined boundaries (chronological, authorial, thematic)• A group of scholarly secondary sources that can shed light on your primary sources – Note: For this assignment, I’m going to require that these be scholarly articles or books, rather than web pages• Examination of a class theme• A Set of Productive Questions
  2. 2. Class Themes, 1-2 PM SectionConsumerism• •Moral panics• •Parenting styles• •Censorship• •Discrimination (race or gender)• •Change over time• •Agency in children• •Labor / leisure/ fun• •Technology• •Stereotypes• •Advertising• •Income inequality/class/privilege• •Innocence• •Adult nostalgia• •War and violence• •Propaganda/indoctrination
  3. 3. Class Themes, 2-3 PM Section• Moral panics• Consumer inequality• Consumption/Advertising• Propaganda and war• Innocence• Parenting styles• Children’s Agency• Place of the child in the family• Gender roles• Race/ethnicity• Child labor – play – leisure – education• Emotional labor – child performers – beauty pageants• Play• Separation of children’s culture from adult• Religion• Technology gap• Adult nostalgia• Class/privilege/money• Generational gap• Sports• Entertainment produced by adults for kids vs. kids’ self-entertainment
  4. 4. Starting Points• Group 1: “Wall-E”• Group 2: Pokemon• Group 3: “The Cosby Show”• Group 4: Dr. James Dobson, Dare to Discipline• Group 5: Baby Einstein• Group 6: The Case of Trayvon Martin
  5. 5. Keeping a Research Log• Web searches: – Bookmark pages – Keep lists of leads – PDF or print key articles, in case they disappear• Library Databases: – Write down search terms you’ve exhausted – Copy and paste names and call numbers of books you might want
  6. 6. Initial Research Phase: The Wider Web• Find out basic facts about your starting point: Who? What? When? Where?• Is the source that is your starting point part of a bigger group of similar sources? Could any of these form a good basis for a comparative examination?• Note sources of information (ex: books listed in Wikipedia “citations” section) that are more credible; keep track of these, and try to find them later in the library• Use “snowball method”: as you find out more, use your new knowledge to fuel your search
  7. 7. Research Phase 2: Finding Context in Verified Places• Secondary sources give you verified history, tell you what other people think about your primaries• Look for secondaries that are directly about your primaries, but also ones that might give you historical context or a theory to work with• Use UTNetCat subject headings to “snowball”• Databases: ProQuest, LexisNexis, JStor, Project Muse

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