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.
Cultures and Contexts
A central premise of this Handbook is that difference and diversity is central to childhood. Understanding the importance of media and culture in the lives of children and young people, therefore, demands an engagement with theories of globalization and transnational media flows, and with the methods of cross-national comparative and ethnographic research (Alasuutari, 1995; Morley and Robins, 1995; Tomlinson, 1999; Rantanen, 2004). Children and childhood (and, further, processes of learning and development, family dynamics, peer relations, consumption, media engagement and play) are not the same everywhere. Nor, evidently, are the institutions, forms and practices associated with the media and communication environment. The following 10 chapters begin to sketch the range of children's experience with media and culture worldwide. What is ...