Children and young people in the early twenty-first century encounter, and creatively adapt to, a range of cultural phenomena in an increasingly mediated, commercialised and globalised world. Children and young people's cultural worlds offers a critical introduction to childhood in the digital age. Childhood innocence is a concept that often underpins the way adults think about children and new technologies. The book challenges adult concerns, highlighting instead the diversity of children's experiences and relationships with each other. Children's everyday activities are explored, in an attempt to understand the distinctiveness of their cultural worlds. The book also considers matters of difference on children's lives; the consequences of age and the experience of living in different cultural contexts.
This is the second in a series of four books, written by experts in the field, which provides an introduction to childhood degree programmes and related modules. The series features international case studies, examples and readings to supplement the chapters, and is illustrated in full colour. Other books in the series are:
· Understanding childhood: a cross-disciplinary approach
· Childhoods in context
· Local childhoods, global issues
"Children’s and Young People’s Cultural Worlds is a gem. It is timely and highly engaging with broad coverage including the role of new electronic media in the lives of children in youth across a number of contexts. The contributors are among the best researchers in childhood studies and their chapters are beautifully written and full of important insights. This is an excellent book for classroom use at the undergraduate and graduate level and one that every serious scholar of childhood studies will turn to time and time again for its rich substantive and theoretical knowledge." Professor William A. Corsaro, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
"Bragg and Kehily¹s collection is a definitive, comprehensive text, written by a group of leading scholars: it will be of value to anyone seeking an authoritative, up-to-the-minute introduction to the field." Professor David Buckingham, Loughborough University, UK
Sara Bragg is Senior Research Fellow at Brighton University and previously worked at The Open University, the University of Sussex and the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media at the Institute of Education, London. She has researched and published on young people and sexualisation; on sex education; on child and youth culture, consumption and media education; on participation and ‘student voice’; on school ethos; and on ‘creative’ research methods and creative learning.
Mary Jane Kehily is Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies at The Open University, UK. She has a background in cultural studies and education and research interests in gender and sexuality, narrative and identity and popular culture. She has published widely on these themes.
Play ~Tara Woodyer; Youth cultures ~ Lesley Gallacher ~ Mary Jane Kehily; Friends and relationships ~Sara Bragg ~ Mary Jane Kehily; Transmedia childhoods ~Sara Bragg ~ Lesley Gallcher; New media technologies and participatory cultures ~ James Ash; Exploring children's lives on-line and off-line by Martyn Hammersley