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Children’s Media Culture

Chris Richards and Rebekah Willett

in Childhood Studies

ISBN: 9780199791231
Published online March 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0028
Children’s Media Culture

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The nature of childhood has been widely debated in a variety of academic fields—history, sociology, psychology, and cultural studies. The consequences of the development of modern media for childhood and youth are a major concern in the field and have been debated both in very general terms and in relation to the introduction of specific media, such as television. Though the end of childhood is often regarded to be around the age of eleven or twelve, it is important to acknowledge both the broad international (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) legal definition (zero to eighteen years of age) and the continuing fluidity of age boundaries in most contexts. In this bibliography, publications relating to youth (teenagers) have been included. The specific subtopics on youth include Youth Media and Media Industries and Consumption. The subtopics also range across old and new media. Print Media, Children and Television, and Television Audiences represent the media now referred to as “old.” New media—in other words, the digital media of the last twenty-five years—are represented in New Media and Participatory Audiences and in New Media Education though some relevant titles are included in other subtopics. The theme of media power is central to the field, and this is represented by Media Industries and Consumption and Media Power. The issue is also addressed in Media Education and New Media Education. The global distribution of the media and also the wider “non-Western” experience of both old and new media are introduced in Global and Transnational Studies. This is a rapidly expanding field, and new research is being published constantly. In addition to the continuing debates around the definition of childhood and youth, Gender persists as a focus for wide-ranging research and discussion. Other divisions within childhood and youth, such as class or “race,” are also very important and are represented in contributions to the Readers and Anthologies section and in many of the titles listed in each subtopic.

Article.  9452 words. 

Subjects: Development Studies

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