Myra Bluebond-Langner's, "The Private Worlds of Dying Children" Book Review

Myra Bluebond-Langner's, "The Private Worlds of Dying Children"
An exploration of the novel, "The Private Worlds of Dying Children," by Myra Bluebond-Langner.
# 147313 | 1,433 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | CA
Published on Mar 17, 2011 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , English (General) , Literature (General)

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The paper discusses Myra Bluebond-Langner's exploration into the worlds of dying children. The paper explains how Myra Bluebond-Langner's novel, "The Private Worlds of Dying Children" gives the audience a different, ethnographical perspective on how children are socially constructed, in comparison to developmental theorists, like Piaget and Carey, who base their stages on age and bio-social development. The paper examines the way Myra Bluebond-Langner follows similar beliefs that are in the 'New Paradigm' and through her research proves that children are aware of their illness, even when adults do not directly discuss it with them, that children socialize with each other and that they are aware of themselves, can interpret others around them and behave accordingly, and are competent, social actors in society.

From the Paper:

"The way a child's mind works socially has been investigated for decades, and has intrigued the minds of many anthropologists, psychologist, sociologist and theorists. In Myra Bluebond-Langner's novel, The Private Worlds of Dying Children, she investigates the awareness and communication in terminally ill children to give insight into childhood socialization. Her ethnographical approach of participant observation allowed her to fully immerse herself by living in the pediatric hospital where she conducted her research and learnt that children develop through experience and, therefore, can be socially constructed. In comparison, developmental theorists Jean Piaget and a disciple of his, Susan Carey, believe that children develop through stages and that as children grow older, the more they understand. Bluebond-Langner's explorations into the world of dying children prove that children are competent, social actors and that children do socialize each other. Her studies help us understand a different way to categorize children's understanding of death other than that of developmental theorists, like Piaget and Carey."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bluebond-Langner, Myra.The Private Worlds of Dying Children. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1978. Print.

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