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Dissertation

Multicultural Children's Literature: A Discourse Analysis

11 December 2006

Abstract

How multicultural issues, specifically race, ethnicity and culture, are addressed in children's books was investigated. Twenty-one children's books were selected based on the presence of multicultural issues in the stories. Through Discourse Analysis, the multicultural issues were examined in the content of the story, and the process, or how the story was told. The following hypotheses were stated: 1) multiculturalism is not an issue of necessity for children's book authors in the United States; 2) an etic, or universal, cultural perspective is a prominent aspect of the conversation on multiculturalism; 3) multicultural issues in children's books happen along a continuum of inclusion; and 4) a link is prominent between the content and process of the stories


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