Title Don’t Use Your Words!
Subtitle Children’s Emotions in a Networked World
Author Jane Juffer
ISBN 9781479833054
List price GBP 27.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 304
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher New York University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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How children are taught to control their feelings and how they resist this emotional management through cultural production

Today, even young kids talk to each other across social media by referencing memes, songs, and movements, constructing a common vernacular that resists parental, educational, and media imperatives to name their feelings and thus control their bodies. Over the past two decades, children’s television programming has provided a therapeutic site for the processing of emotions such as anger, but in doing so has enforced normative structures of feeling that, Jane Juffer argues, weaken the intensity and range of children’s affective experiences.

Don’t Use Your Words! Seeks to challenge those norms, highlighting the ways that kids express their feelings through cultural productions including drawings, fan art, memes, YouTube videos, dance moves, and conversations while gaming online. Focusing on kids between ages five and nine, Don’t Use Your Words! situates these productions in specific contexts, including immigration policy referenced in drawings by Central American children just released from detention centers and electoral politics as contested in kids’ artwork expressing their anger at Trump’s victory. Taking issue with the mainstream tendency to speak on behalf of children, Juffer argues that kids have the agency to answer for themselves: what does it feel like to be a kid?


Introduction: “Run Over by a Unicorn”

Chapter 1. Affective Intensity and Children’s Embodiment


Part I: Political Subjects

Chapter 2. The Production of Fear: Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Chapter 3. “I Hate You, Dunel Trump”: Anger or Civility?

Chapter 4. “Criss-Cross Applesauce”: Keeping Control in the Classroom


Part II: Kids’ Television, From Problem Solving to Sideways Growth

Chapter 5. TV’s Narratives for Emotional Management

Chapter 6. The Steven Universe, Where You Are an Experience


Part III: The Limits of Digital Literacy

Chapter 7. Minecraft’s Affective World Building

Chapter 8. From Memes to Logos: Commercial Detours in the Game of Roblax

Conclusion: “Shame on You Killers, Shame on You”





About the Author

About the Author:

Jane Juffer is Professor in the Department of English and the Program of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of three books: Intimacy Across Borders: Race, Religion, and Migration in the U.S. Midwest (2013); Single Mother: The Emergence of the Domestic Intellectual (NYU Press, 2006); and At Home with Pornography: Women, Sex, and Everyday Life (NYU Press, 1998).

Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in media, education and psychology.


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