Young People, Sex and the Media: The Facts of Life

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Are children today growing up too soon? How do they - and their parents - feel about media portrayals of sex and personal relationships? Are the media a corrupting influence, or a potentially positive and useful resource for young people? Drawing on an extensive research project, which investigated children's interpretations of sexual content in films, TV and print media, this book considers how young people (ages 9-17) use such material to understand their experiences and build their identities; and how they and...

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Overview

Are children today growing up too soon? How do they - and their parents - feel about media portrayals of sex and personal relationships? Are the media a corrupting influence, or a potentially positive and useful resource for young people? Drawing on an extensive research project, which investigated children's interpretations of sexual content in films, TV and print media, this book considers how young people (ages 9-17) use such material to understand their experiences and build their identities; and how they and their parents respond to public concerns about these issues. The book offers a clearly-written and entertaining insight into children's and parents' perspectives on these difficult issues - perspectives that are often ignored or trivialized in public debate.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781403918222
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/3/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Buckingham is Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and the Media, Institute of Education.

Sarah Bragg is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Education.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Talking Dirty: Research Methods 17
3 Living and Learning 43
4 Boy Meets Boy Meets Girl Meets Girl: Gender, Sexuality and Performance 65
5 Bodies on Display: Pin-ups, Porn and Pop Stars 91
6 Dirty Laundry: Private Lives, Public Confessions 127
7 Show and Tell: Learning from Television Drama 155
8 Family Viewing: Embarrassment, Education and Erotics 185
9 Governing the Living Room: from Morality to Ethics 207
10 Conclusion 236
References 252
Index 258
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