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.

From Parental Control to Peer Pressure: Cultural Transmission and Conformism

From parental control to peer pressure: Cultural transmission and conformism


In the 1960s, Bourdieu and Passeron's (1964) The Heirs: Students and Culture became a best seller in France. The authors argue that cultural capital, measured by familiarity with such upper-class cultural practices as going to museums, concerts, art exhibitions or theatres, is a much more important factor than economic capital. It is the key to understanding success in school and, more globally, the social reproduction of elites. Alongside the formal curriculum of school programmes is a ‘hidden curriculum’, which requires a certain ‘style, taste, spirit’ that can only be acquired by a long familiarity with high culture. And only upper-class families can successfully manage such cultural ...

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