Stories of Value: The Nature of Money in Three Classic British Picture Books

Van den Bossche, Astrid. 2017. Stories of Value: The Nature of Money in Three Classic British Picture Books. In: Annabelle Mooney and Evi Sifaki, eds. The Language of Money and Debt: A Multidisciplinary Approach. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 33-55. ISBN 9783319575674 [Book Section]

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Much of the literature on children’s economic socialisation focuses on exploring three questions: at what point do children acquire a “good grasp of economic reality,” do they become “responsible economic agents,” and do they need to be considered “economically literate” (Furnham, 2014, p. 118)? These concerns often imply a pragmatic understanding of money as a quantitative commodity that facilitates transaction, accounting, and the storing of value (Belk & Wallendorf, 1990). Yet they also imply an appreciation of what is considered to be ‘literate’ and ‘responsible’ behaviour, supposedly informed by a ‘good grasp’ of ‘reality’. Finally, it assumes unproblematic knowledge of what is ‘valuable.’

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