"New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic, and political movements of the last 15 years. With a focus on international children's text produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalisation, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents: 1. A New World Order or a New Dark Age? -- 2. Children's Texts, New World Orders and Transformative Possibilities -- 3. Masters, Slaves, and Entrepreneurs: Globalised Utopias and New World Order(ing)s -- 4. The Lure of the Lost Paradise: Postcolonial Utopias -- 5. Reweaving Nature and Culture: Reading Ecocritically -- 6. 'Radiant with Possibility': Communities and Utopianism -- 7. Ties that Bind: Reconceptualising Home and Family --8. The Struggle to be Human in a Posthuman World -- Conclusion: The Future: What are Our Prospects?