The world according to Playmobil

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Show simple item record van Leeuwen, T 2010-07-13T08:49:43Z 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Semiotica: journal of the international association for semiotic studies, 2009, 2009 (173), pp. 299 - 315
dc.identifier.issn 0037-1998
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract This article looks at toys for very small children, an object of study that has been pursued in psychoanalysis (by Freud and Erikson, for example), but all too infrequently in semiotics. Specifically, it analyzes the social roles and identities called into play by the highly successful Playmobil figurines. In the Hallidayan tradition, the investigation foregrounds the importance of roles and actors in semiosis, paying close attention to roles/actors that are excluded as well as those that are included. As the essay argues, semiotic systems are always a mixture of affordance and constraint. Playmobil (in contrast to Lego, for example) is shown to be stronger on constraints than affordances, however. As a global brand and genre, the figures of Playmobil have the potential to influence nascent perceptions of the way that social actors operate.
dc.publisher Walter De Gruyter & Co
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1515/SEMI.2009.013
dc.rights The final publication is available at
dc.title The world according to Playmobil
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Semiotica: journal of the international association for semiotic studies
dc.journal.volume 173
dc.journal.volume 2009
dc.journal.number 173 en_US
dc.publocation Berlin, Germany en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 299 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 315 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2004 Linguistics
dc.personcode 995217
dc.percentage 100 en_US Linguistics en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000264772900013 en_US
dc.description.keywords actor; social role; affordance; constraint; Halliday; Playmobil en_US
dc.description.keywords actor
dc.description.keywords social role
dc.description.keywords affordance
dc.description.keywords constraint
dc.description.keywords Halliday
dc.description.keywords Playmobil
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
utslib.copyright.status Open Access 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history Uncategorised (ID: 363)
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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