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The Resource Designing the creative child : playthings and places in midcentury America, Amy F. Ogata

Designing the creative child : playthings and places in midcentury America, Amy F. Ogata

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Designing the creative child : playthings and places in midcentury America
Title
Designing the creative child
Title remainder
playthings and places in midcentury America
Statement of responsibility
Amy F. Ogata
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The postwar American stereotypes of suburban sameness, traditional gender roles, and educational conservatism have masked an alternate self-image tailor-made for the Cold War. The creative child, an idealized future citizen, was the darling of baby boom parents, psychologists, marketers, and designers who saw in the next generation promise that appeared to answer the most pressing worries of the age. Designing the Creative Child reveals how a postwar cult of childhood creativity developed and continues to this day. Exploring how the idea of children as imaginative and naturally creative was constructed, disseminated, and consumed in the United States after World War II, Amy F. Ogata argues that educational toys, playgrounds, small middle-class houses, new schools, and children's museums were designed to cultivate imagination in a growing cohort of baby boom children. Enthusiasm for encouraging creativity in children countered Cold War fears of failing competitiveness and the postwar critique of social conformity, making creativity an emblem of national revitalization. Ogata describes how a historically rooted belief in children's capacity for independent thinking was transformed from an elite concern of the interwar years to a fully consumable and aspirational ideal that persists today. From building blocks to Gumby, playhouses to Playskool trains, Creative Playthings to the Eames House of Cards, Crayola fingerpaint to children's museums, material goods and spaces shaped a popular understanding of creativity, and Designing the Creative Child demonstrates how this notion has been woven into the fabric of American culture."--
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1965-
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Ogata, Amy Fumiko
Dewey number
155.4/13550973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ792.U5
LC item number
O39 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Architecture, landscape, and American culture series
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  • Children
  • Creative ability in children
  • Play environments
  • Design
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies
Label
Designing the creative child : playthings and places in midcentury America, Amy F. Ogata
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
816563809
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxii, 293 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780816679607
Lccn
2012050732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Label
Designing the creative child : playthings and places in midcentury America, Amy F. Ogata
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
816563809
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxii, 293 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780816679607
Lccn
2012050732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)

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