After the Death of Childhoodby David Buckingham
What will be the fate of childhood in the twenty-first century? Will children increasingly be living 'media childhoods', dominated by the electronic screen? Will their growing access to adult media help to abolish the distinctions between childhood and adulthood? Or will the advent of new media technologies widen the gaps between the generations still… See more details below
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What will be the fate of childhood in the twenty-first century? Will children increasingly be living 'media childhoods', dominated by the electronic screen? Will their growing access to adult media help to abolish the distinctions between childhood and adulthood? Or will the advent of new media technologies widen the gaps between the generations still further?
In this book, David Buckingham provides a lucid and accessible overview of recent changes both in childhood and in the media environment. He refutes simplistic moral panics about the negative influence of the media, and the exaggerated optimism about the 'electronic generation'. In the process, he points to the challenges that are posed by the proliferation of new technologies, the privatization of the media and of public space, and the polarization between media-rich and media-poor. He argues that children can no longer be excluded or protected from the adult world of violence, commercialism and politics; and that new strategies and policies are needed in order to protect their rights as citizens and as consumers.
Based on extensive research, After the Death of Childhood takes a fresh look at well-established concerns about the effects of the media on children. It offers a challenging and refreshing approach to the perennial concerns of researchers, parents, educators, media producers and policy-makers.
'After the Death of Childhood is an excellent summary andcritique of the hype surrounding childhood and the media at thedawn of the 21st century. It debates issues with great flair andutmost clarity and draws conclusions that are of vital importancenot only to educators and to those in the media, who should takeBuckingham's message very seriously, but to all interested andinformed adults.' Valerie Walkerdine, Foundation Professor ofCritical Psychology at University of Western Sydney,Australia
'An overview of changes both in childhood and the mediaenvironment, based on extensive research ... He raises someimportant issues and dispels some fears.' CY Magazine
'Buckingham addresses the relationship between children and themedia by focusing on both the changing patterns of media and thechanging nature of childhood.' Reference and Research BookNews
'This is an important and engaging book that will proveinformative and challenging to literacy and English educators. Itplaces the work on children and the media in historical context andsuggests a way forward for research and policy developments.'Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
'a valuable addition to the ongoing debates over children andmodern-day society' British Educational Research Journal
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