Between Fantasy and Harsh Reality: Presentations of Food in Israeli Children’s Journals in Times of Austerity

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Abstract

This article examines 1950s Israeli children’s journals’ dual attitude towards the austerity regime that characterised the early years of Israel’s statehood. While they endorsed austerity and prompted children to do their part in the national struggle for survival, they simultaneously depicted food fantasies set in remote or fantastical worlds, offering young readers an escape from the harsh reality of rationing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChildhood in the Past
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Austerity
  • food fantasy
  • Israeli children’s journals

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