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Alef Is for AllahChildhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies$
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Jamal J. Elias

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290075

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290075.001.0001

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Of Children, Objects, and Seeing

Of Children, Objects, and Seeing

An Introduction

(p.1) Chapter 1 Of Children, Objects, and Seeing
Alef Is for Allah

Jamal J. Elias

University of California Press

This chapter outlines the aims of the book and introduces its methodology. It explores the notion of childhood as a construct used by adults for emotional, social, and legal purposes. It provides an overview of influential theories concerning childhood, distinguishing between biological and social models of development, and highlighting that the majority of such studies have been carried out in the Global North. It introduces the concept of the aesthetic social imagination as the basis for understanding the social functions of visual and material objects, and in the process, it explores the nature of visuality and the agency of objects. Finally, it provides a brief overview of the use of visual images in literature for children in Islamic societies.

Keywords:   childhood, emotion, biological/social model of development, aesthetic social imagination, visual/material object, object agency, Islamic society, visuality

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