Johnson, Kathleen R.
About the author: Kathleen R. Johnson is an instructor of sociology at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her main research and teaching interests include environmental sociology, popular culture, and criminology. Her publications include research on ecofeminism, environmentalism, and animals in popular culture.2000 0-7734-7735-7
This study examines the content and structure of 59 children’s realistic animal stories for ideological expressions of anthropocentrism. It concludes that the texts send ambivalent and contradictory messages: while children’s stories may serve to inform the reader about actual and potential connections to other animals, they also contain elements that continue to privilege the dominant view.