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.

Editors' Introduction

Editors' introduction
SoniaLivingstone and KirstenDrotner

Questioning Childhood, Media and Culture

In many parts of the world, and for many decades, children have been early and avid adopters of new media. Indeed, they often challenge normative socio-cultural practices through the ways in which they use media. Yet, at the same time, many parents, educationalists and marketers consider that media permeate, even control, children s lives to a degree that was unknown just a generation ago. Is it, then, the case that children s media practices differ in both scale and scope from what today s adults knew from their own childhoods? It seems undeniable that the global reach of many recent media technologies, such as satellite television, the internet and mobile devices, has been instrumental in recontextualising ...

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