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Messenger Davies, Máire (2010) Children, Media and Culture. Maidenhead: Open University Press/New York: McGraw Hill. 208 pp ISBN ISBN: 9780335229208 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

Childhood and children's culture are regularly in the forefront of debates about how society is changing - often, it is argued, for the worse. This book is intended to broaden the public debate about the role of popular media in children's lives. Its definition of 'media' is wide-ranging: not just television and the internet, but also still-popular forms such as fairy tales, children's literature - including the triumphantly successful Harry Potter series - and playground games. It sets these discussions within a framework of historical, sociological and psychological approaches to the study of children and childhood.At times of rapid technological change, public anxieties always arise about how children can be protected from new harmful influences. The book addresses the perennial controversies around media 'effects' from a range of academic perspectives. It examines critically the view that technology has dramatically changed modern children's lives, and looks at how technology has both changed, and sustained, children's cultural experiences in different times and places. The book includes interviews with both producers and consumers - media workers, and children and their families - and has historical and contemporary illustrations.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:children; media; culture; child development; visual representation; film; television; children's literature; digital media
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:12020
Deposited By:Professor Maire Messenger Davies
Deposited On:17 Feb 2010 16:36
Last Modified:04 Mar 2014 14:38

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