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 4: Perspectives
Notwithstanding the commonsense view that society is at a pivot point, overlooking the precipice even, of social change, this Handbook began by exploring the continuities threaded through the history of children, media and culture. We then undertook a critical examination of the problematics - the public anxieties, the moral concerns and the optimistic ambitious - that have motivated research on children's media culture, especially in the second half of the twentieth century. As mediated and cultural flows become increasingly transnational, along with the political movements and commercial organizations that underpin and intersect with them, we expanded our vision horizontally to encompass the geographic and cultural range of experiences that shape children's engagement with media. Now, we look ahead. For children, for the media, and ...