Thursday, March 06, 2008

New Book Alert: The International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture

An exciting new publication to report on today, co-edited by my supervisor here at the LSE, Sonia Livingstone - in collaboration with Kirsten Drotner - called The International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. The collection is a sort of response or follow-up to Singer and Singer's Handbook of Children and the Media, by providing both a more international focus, as well as a broader and more up-to-date overview of the various media forms and technologies that inhabit children's culture. It includes chapters by a number of high-profile children's media scholars, including David Buckingham, Mimi Ito and Dafna Lemish, as well as some of my favourite scholars from related disciplines such as toy studies (Dan Fleming), political economy of communication (Janet Wasko), and communication rights research (Cees Hamelink). Here's a copy of the abstract:
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, and from Japan to Iceland, 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.

Really looking forward to reading this one!

1 comment:

Michael Acton Smith said...

hey Sara

thanks for the write up. Izzy Neis just tipped me off to it this afternoon at SXSW ;)

nice blog- i'll be back!

Michael