Critical Analysis Of Discrimination In Children's Books And Literature

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Discrimination in Children’s Books and Literature Discrimination against children has been, for long, an open debate on the international level. Regardless of the country, the societies or even the individuals, this issue was and still spreading. In fact, it is crawling amongst different entities through many means including children’s books and literature. Hence, it is of essence to address this issue through the critical analysis of the contexts in which this “epidemic” is leaving its fingerprint. Nonetheless, it is inevitable to define critical analysis in order to start with this analysis and to move on to show how this discrimination against children is present in children’s books and literature. CDA, also known as Critical Discourse Analysis, is a development that occurred in the study of discourses in Europe by people like Van Dijk (2002) as well as others. The main objective of CDA is the analysis of "opaque as well as transparent structural relationships of dominance, discrimination, power and control as manifested in language" (Blommaert & Bulcaen, 2000; Wodak, 1995). In this sense, it is clear that the matter of discrimination can be put under the scope of research in terms of this critical analysis. Discrimination is the act of treating people differently based on their distinctions from the groups judging them. It can be practiced through different ways and it can take a lot of forms, two of which are racism and gender discrimination or sexism. Children are

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