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Volume 74/75, Spring/Printemps 2012

Consumption, Collection, Creativity: Micro-Local Practices within Children’s Bedroom Play in Urban Vancouver

  • Abby Loebenberg
July 17, 2013


Following the growing emphasis in childhood studies on children as active consumers and agents, this paper examines creative play with Pokémon products in a micro-ethnography of children in their bedrooms. I argue that children’s processes of collection, manipulation through drawing, play, and display evidence how a mass-consumed, global product can be used both as a form of (private) self-discovery and as part of the creation and reinforcement of public social knowledge.