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The SAGE Handbook of Child Development explores the multicultural development of children through the varied and complex interplay of traditional agents of socialization as well as contemporary media influences, examining how socialization practices and media content construct and teach us about diverse cultures. Editors Joy K. Asamen, Mesha L. Ellis, and Gordon L. Berry, along with chapter authors from a wide variety of disciplines, highlight how to analyze, compare, and contrast alternative perspectives of children of different cultures, domestically and globally, with the major principles and theories of child development in cognitive, socioemotional, and/or social/contextual domains.

Children's Television Programming and the Development of Multicultural Attitudes
Children's television programming and the development of multicultural attitudes
Sherryl BrowneGraves

The demographic landscape of the United States is changing dramatically. The country is becoming more diverse as the numbers of people of African and Asian descent increase and as the numbers of Latinos/as become a large proportion of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2002). This change is happening in the general population and can be seen in school settings as well. The school-age population will experience the “browning effect” as 50% of that group will be children of color by 2030 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004). By 2050, 40% of students entering school will have exposure to a language other than English in their home (Lindholm-Leary, 2000).

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