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Don't Use Your Words!: Children's Emotions in a Networked World

Jane Juffer


Don’t Use Your Words! argues that the discourse of “emotional management” across educational, therapeutic, and media sites aimed at young children valorizes the naming of certain (accepted) emotions in the interest of containing affective expressions that don’t conform to the normative notion of growing up. A therapeutic discourse has become prevalent in media produced for children in the U.S.—organizing storylines to help them name and manage their feelings, a process that weakens the intensity and range of those feelings, especially their expression through the body. Both through the appropr ... More

Keywords: affect, kids, emotions, gaming, television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479831746
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479831746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Juffer, author
Cornell University