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.
Part 1: Continuities and Change
Children are often thought of in terms of change, representing the future. Indeed, this is one of the stable features of modern discourses on childhood. In a similar manner, since the early days of print, media have been defined and debated in terms of innovation. These continual mappings of change are themselves indications of the dilemmas and challenges which are taken up and analysed in this first part of the Handbook. The contributors set children s media culture within a historical perspective in order to trace the continuities and possible changes in the ways in which these cultures have been positioned by adults and practised by children. In so doing, they stress that historical analysis is a necessary antidote to ...