Jul 4, 2017
This is the fourth installment of my book talk with Emily Plank, author of Discovering The Culture of Childhood. It’s the read-along selection this year, for Not Just Cute readers. That means instead of one overview, I’ve been having several in-depth chats with Emily. You can get caught up with previous episodes by going to the podcast homepage at notjustcute.com/podcast . I’ve enjoyed all of our discussions, but I have to say that this one is my favorite. I know that sounds cliché, but this one is REALLY GOOD. In this episode, we discussed chapters 5 and 6, which address the topics of art and economics in the culture of childhood. Emily says parts of these chapters stretched her more than the others, but what came of that is really fascinating, in my opinion. She’s tackling touch concepts like whether adults commit a form of cultural appropriation when we approach art with kids as well as how belonging, attachment, separation, and security all fit into the economics of childhood and how we can make sure our kids are rich in all the right ways. As always, Emily invites us to put on a new pair of spectacles and see childhood in a unique way, and what she helps us discover on our journey is truly fascinating.