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dc.contributor.advisor Chandler, Daniel Griffiths, Merris 2010-04-26T15:24:39Z 2010-04-26T15:24:39Z 2001
dc.identifier.citation Griffiths, M. (2001) Children's Toy Advertisements. PhD thesis, department of Education, Aberystwyth University en
dc.description.abstract In the late 1990s, the controversial debate about child-targeted advertisements was rekindled as the European Commission considered an outright ban of children's advertising in the UK. Little academic research had previously been conducted on the children's advertisements broadcast on British television, while the specific genre of toy advertisements had been almost entirely neglected. The aim of this investigation was to offer in-depth analysis of toy advertisements in the specific context of gender identity formation. The overriding assumption was that children learn about `appropriate gender behaviour' from observing patterns of gender stereotypy [sic] in the media, where toy advertisements offer observable models engaged in (gendered) play activities. The investigation was organised into the three broad categories, looking at the interrelationship between the `Text' (advertisements), the `Producer' (advertisers) and the `Receiver' (children). Initially, a large sample of televised toy advertisements was collected in the winter of 1996 and analysed using both content and semiotic techniques. The intention was to build a framework of any gendered patterns within the texts in terms of production and post-production techniques, as well as themes and product philosophies. This was followed by a discussion of how advertisement producers conventionally target the child audience sector. Ethnographic-style field observations and interviews were then conducted with a group of children (aged 4- to 11-years) in a bilingual (Welsh/English) school in West Wales. A selection of toy advertisements was shown to them, and particular attention was paid to the ways in which they discussed technical production features and gender representations. As an alternative to oral communication, the children were also challenged to design their toy advertisements, to assess whether they understood the construction of advertisement texts sufficiently well to reinterpret the televisual conventions in the context of a static medium. en
dc.description.sponsorship James Foundation en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title Children's Toy Advertisements en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en

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