This paper presents a semiotic analysis of a key cultural artefact, the teddy bear. After introducing the iconography of the teddy bear, it analyses different kinds of stories to show how teddy bears are endowed with meaning in everyday life: stories from children's books, reminiscenses by adults about their childhood teddy bears, and children's accounts of what they do with teddy bears, both written for school and told 'out of school', The chapter sees teddy bears as artefacts that provide a cultural channeling for the child's need of a transitional object and argues that the meanings of teddy bears have traditionally centred on interpersonal relations within the nuclear family, but have recently been institutionalized and commercialized.
|Title of host publication||Critical Discourse Analysis : Concepts, History, Theory|
|Number of pages||25|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- teddy bears, critical discourse analysis, children's stories, nuclear family