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.
At least since Philippe Aries published his now classic Centuries of Childhood in 1960, childhood researchers have argued over the relations between parents and children. Is parental care a particular modern invention, as Aries seems to claim? Or, are humans more or less genetically predisposed for prolonged nursing? While such psychological issues may be difficult to determine with any accuracy given the paucity of evidence, it is evident that children are a constant cause of social concern. It is equally obvious that cultural articulations, whether self-styled or mediatized, are obvious entry points for playing out such concerns, because they are tangible manifestations of children's everyday practices and priorities. Given the increasing prominence of the media in children's everyday cultures, the social concerns over children ...