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All About Mary: new paper about the 'Toilet Ghost' added to thought-crime.eu
August 29th 2011 | 8 comment(s)

A paper written by Marc Armitage has been uploaded to the thought-crime.eu website.

The paper titled, ‘All About Mary: Children’s use of the toilet ghost story as a mechanism for dealing with fear, but fear of what?was first published in the Journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research [Contemporary Legend New Series 9 (2006)]. It was an amalgamation of two previous two conference papers from 2000 and 2002.

This is a long paper (10,250 words) which describes the structure and details of a very common ghost story found being told in schools around the world – the Toilet Ghost story. It then compares previous research on the subject and proposes a possible purpose behind such stories that is based on a significant psychological process. This paper also introduced the idea of ‘liminal space’ to the playwork sector.

Comments and remarks on this paper would be greatly received.

It is planned for thought-crime.eu to develop into a source of old and hard to find academic work on children and young people, their play and wider social lives. To make comments on this paper or to offer work for inclusion contact Marc at marc@marc-armitage.eu

To download the paper click the pdf logo below or see the main listings page [here]. 'All About Mary: Children's use of the toilet ghost story as a mechanism for dealing with fear, but fear of what?'

Marc Armitage (2006) 10,250 words/15 pages

  

 

 

 

 

 

 




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