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.

Youth Films: Transforming Genre, Performing Audiences

Youth films: Transforming genre, performing audiences


Much research about youth films takes as its point of departure that Hollywood cinema has been juvenilized (Doherty, 1988) since the 1950s, where the moviegoers shifted from a familial to a teenage audience. The many youth films in the 1950s are regarded as both a symptom and a result of this ‘juvenilization’ with respect to themes, style and address. Since the 1950s, the American film industry in particular, but also other national cinemas, has continued their effort to target the youth audience by producing films drawing on aspects of teenagers’; problems, culture and life styles. Whereas the majority of films as a whole are targeted at a broad, youthful audience, the youth film specifically, ...

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