Religijna książka obrazkowa dla dzieci w Polsce. Krytyczna analiza dyskursu
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Religious picturebooks for children in Poland. A critical discourse analysis Our paper focuses on the socio-cultural conditions affecting the present production of confession (religious) picturebooks for children in Poland. The picturebook is seen here as a cultural medium, within which the content and form of various (possible) ideologies and conceptions of the child and god co-occur, are concluded, manifested and have their representations. It could also be seen as the first “cultural framework” in the formation of the subject’s identity. The “cultural qualities” provided for children in religious picturebooks are analysed in the broad field of cultural production. We base our study of the mechanisms operating in the field (with its power mechanisms and relations) on the empirical material collected and chosen from the contemporary market of religious books for children. The methodology applied in this research consists of critical discourse analysis. The results show the knowledge/power relations, symptoms of symbolic violence in recognized discourses and explain to what practices of ideological, social and political control and power structures the subject is exposed (in Foucauldian terms). The research is a part of a larger collaborative project called “Discursive construction of subjectivity” financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland, grant no. N10702632/3637, and conducted at the University of Gdansk.
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