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Designing the Creative ChildPlaythings and Places in Midcentury America$
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Amy F. Ogata

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679607

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679607.001.0001

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Constructing Creativity in Postwar America

Constructing Creativity in Postwar America

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(p.1) 1 Constructing Creativity in Postwar America
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Designing the Creative Child
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Amy F. Ogata

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679607.003.0001

Chapter 1 examines how demographic shifts toward young families, a rise in wages, and concerns about raising children grew intensely. Amidst debates on affluence and social conformity, psychologists devoted new energy to the study of creativity. The figure of the creative child was thus constituted scientifically, materially, and visually in postwar picture books and on television.

Keywords:   Childhood, Creativity, Cold War, Toys, Playhouse, Playroom, Playground, children’s museum, schools, American material culture

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