Alfons Åberg and Pippi Longstocking

by Nathalie Fjäll

Institution: Karlstad University
Year: 0
Keywords: Alfons aberg; Pippi Longstocking; children´s book; gender; equality
Record ID: 1337862
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<strong>Abstract</strong> The main purpose of this thesis is to make the gender perspective of children’s literature visible. I wanted to find out if the books about Pippi Longstocking and Alfons Aberg are suited as basis for a gender discussion among students in the school. By proceed from the books I did a study in a children group in a youth recreation center. The total number of students was 10 aged 6 to 10 years. I chose the books and chapters I found most appropriate as a basis for a gender discussion. I read high for the group and afterwards they got some statement to reflect over. My conclusion is that both Alfons and Pippi are very good models for children because they digress from the current sex role pattern. The books adapt very well as a discussion basis concerning gender. However there was some difficulties to let the children to keep focus on the primary question it self. In this kind of investigation an experienced leader who can guide the conversation is needed. By using different valuation exercises you can make the conversations more stimulating for the children.   <strong>Keywords:</strong> Alfons Aberg, Pippi Longstocking, children’s book, gender, equality