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International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture

International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture

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February 2008 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"What a wide-ranging international approach to studies of children and the media-there is nothing else like it in the literature. This Handbook provides a rich description of both cultural variations in how children around the world use media and how cultural variations influence the world's youth, by some of the world's best media scholars...a remarkable achievement."
Ellen Wartella, University of California

"...a truly international collaboration of academics and traditions of thought...Children's media cultures emerge as a new spectrum through which to view globalization and social change and to ignite a fresh range of issues in both theory and methodology."
—Chris Jenks, Brunel University

This essential volume brings together the work of internationally-renowned researchers, each experts in their field, in order to capture the diversity of children and young people's media cultures around the world.

Why are the media such a crucial part of children's daily lives? Are they becoming more important, more influential, and in what ways? Or does a historical perspective reveal how past media have long framed children's cultural horizons or, perhaps, how families - however constituted - have long shaped the ways children relate to media?

In addressing such questions, the contributors present detailed empirical cases to uncover how children weave together diverse forms and technologies to create a rich symbolic tapestry which, in turn, shapes their social relationships. At the same time, many concerns - even public panics - arise regarding children's engagement with media, leading the contributors also to inquire into the risky or problematic aspects of today's highly mediated world.

Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.

Each chapter provides a clear orientation for new readers to the main debates and core issues addressed, combined with a depth of analysis and argumentation to stimulate the thinking of advanced students and established scholars. Since children and young people are a focus of study across different disciplines, the volume is thoroughly multi-disciplinary. Yet since children and young people are all too easily neglected by these same disciplines, this volume hopes to accord their interests and concerns they surely merit.

Alan Prout
Culture-Nature and the Construction of Childhood
Patricia Holland
The Child in the Picture
Dan Fleming
Managing Monsters
Videogames and the `Mediatization' of the Toy

Jacqueline Reid-Walsh
Harlequin Meets the SIMS
A History of Interactive Narrative Media for Children and Youth From Early Flap Books to Contemporary Multi Media

Chas Critcher
Making Waves
Panic Discourses about the Media and Children or Young People, Past and Present

Stewart Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark
Children and Media in the Context of the Home and Family
Máire Messenger Davies
Reality and Fantasy in Media
Can Children Tell the Difference and How Do We Know?

Rich Ling and Leslie Haddon
Mobile Emancipation
Children, Youth and the Mobile Phone

Dafna Lemish
The Mediated Playground
Media in Early Childhood

Jane Kenway and Elizabeth Bullen
Dividing Delights
Children, Adults and the Search for Sales

Anne Jerslev
Horror Films and Youthful Film Cultures
James Gee
Learning Theory, Videogames, and Popular Culture
David Buckingham
Children and Media
A Cultural Studies Approach

Larry Strelitz and Priscilla Boshoff
The African Reception of Global Media
Jette Rygaard
Relations Between Globalization and Localization
Young People's Media Culture in Greenland

Maria Heller
Games and Media
The Acquisition of Social Structure and Social Rules

Stephanie Donald
Uses of Media
Participant Researchers in Asian Contexts

Bu Wei
Media and Girls' Issues in China
Media as Strategy for Gender Equality

Usha Nayar and Amita Bhide
Contextualizing Media Competencies Amongst Young People in Indian Culture
Interface with Globalization

Marwan Kraidy and Joe Khalil
Youth, Media and Culture in the Arab World
Norbert Wildermuth
Situated Media Appropriations in Brazil
Imagination, Empowerment and Exclusion

Letizia Caronia and André H. Caron
Has Television Become a Connecting Culture?
A Cross-Cultural Study

Mizuko Ito
Trans-National Media Mixing
Cultural Production and Exchange in International Anime Cultures

Toshie Takahashi
Japanese Young People, Media and Everyday Life
Towards the De-Westernising of Media Studies

Renee Hobbs
New Visions of Literacy
The Great Debates Continue

Dominique Pasquier
From Parental Control to Peer Pressure
Cultural Transmission and Conformism

Janet Wasko
The Commodification of Kids' Culture
David Oswell
Media and Communications Regulation and Child Protection
An Overview of the Field

Peter Dahlgren
Facilitating Political Participation
Young Citizens, Internet and Civic Cultures

Cees Hamelink
Children's Communication Rights
Beyond Intentions


This volume breaks new ground. Its ambitious goal is to deliver a holistic approach to children’s culture... Sonia Livingstone and Kirsten Drotner are well equipped for the job of attempting such a radically inclusive approach. Both scholars have conducted transnational empirical audience research, and are therefore not naive when it comes to the difficulties of such an enterprise. They are appropriate public intellectuals to embark on a job of creating bridges between a range of geographically dispersed scholarly and political discourses... The volume provides a stimulating read for researchers in a range of disciplines. It also deserves to be recommended to media regulators, politicians and journalism students.

International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics

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Kirsten Drotner

Kirsten Drotner is Professor of Media Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research examines media audiences' meaning-making in historical and contemporary perspective; media and digital literacies; digital co-creation and learning; qualitative methodologies inc. media ethnography; ICT studies and e-learning; digital museum studies; and child and youth culture studies. She is author or editor of six books in English, 24 books in Danish and numerous academic articles and chapters in edited volumes. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. More About Author

Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, her research examines how changing conditions of mediation reshape everyday practices and possibilities for action. She has published 20 books on media audiences, children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment, including “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives” (OUP 2020). Since... More About Author

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