Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino’s Picture Books: A Walk in the City

Kennon, Patricia (2016) Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino’s Picture Books: A Walk in the City. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 8 (1). pp. 20-41. ISSN 1920-2601

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This article examines Salvatore Rubbino’s three travel-guide picture-book texts and the ideological management of childhood, mobility, adult-child power dynamics, and the city that they reveal. Rubbino’s books assume adults’ pedagogic and social authority, characters’ economic power (and tacitly that of readers), and an untroubled engagement with globalization, tourism, and consumption discourses. While guidebooks for children possess great potential for the promotion of child-centred discovery, literary tourism experiences for child readers, and the opportunity for young people to inhabit and explore “other” places and perspectives through literature, Rubbino’s picture books are preoccupied ultimately with an ideological regulation of children’s imaginative and physical mobility.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: picture books; guidebooks; the city; mobility; travel writing; Rubbino, Salvatore;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
Item ID: 8624
Depositing User: Patricia Kennon
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 16:00
Journal or Publication Title: Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
Publisher: The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
Refereed: Yes

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