The 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear

The 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear

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Launceston, Australia

#1 May 27, 2012
Gifting the Bear and a Nostalgic Desire for Childhood Innocence

Donna Varga
Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada

Abstract: This article examines twentieth and twenty-first century adult relational interactions with the teddy bear toy. It describes the association between the teddy's mythological origins and its infusion with a commoditized sentimentality that provides adults with a nostalgic return to an imagined personal and social time of childhood innocence. This analysis further details how the 'gifting' of teddy bears to adults and children in response to social or personal crises denies possibilities for meaningful human interactions and social change. Go to this link for the whole story:http://socrates.berkeley .edu/~caforum/volume8/vol8_art icle4.html

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