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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412928328
ISBN-10: 141292832X
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 184mm x 37mm)
Pages: 560
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - 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. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. With longstanding interests in audiences, policy, citizen values and changes in media environments and infrastructures, she has most recently been focused on digital and online technologies and the opportunities and risks these offer to children and young people in private and public spaces. She has coordinated and led the EU Kids Online project since 2006.

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