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Jones, Gerard: Killing Monsters. Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence. New York: Basic Books, 2002. (261 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780465036950
BibTeX citation key: Jones2002
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Categories: General
Keywords: Children’s and young adults’ comics, Didactics, Media effects, Monster, Popular culture, Psychology, Superhero, Violence
Creators: Jones
Publisher: Basic Books (New York)
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Abstract
Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even trashy or violent entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way. Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions and build stronger selves.
  
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