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.
Chapter 1: Culture-Nature and the Construction of Childhood
Culture-Nature and the Construction of Childhood
… simultaneously real, like nature, narrated, like discourse and collective, like society (Latour, 1993: 6).
How childhood has been constructed and understood, both contemporaneously and in the past, is a key concern for scholars of children and the mass media. Changing childhood and changing media, and the shifting and reciprocal relationships between them, is the context for many of the different strands of study discussed in this volume. In this chapter I will focus on one side of that relationship: the constitution of childhood as a phenomenon and the problem of studying its complexity, heterogeneity and ambiguity. The purpose of this, however, is to sketch out the theoretical grounds for an enhanced dialogue between childhood and ...