After the Death of Childhood: Growing up in the Age of Electronic Media

After the Death of Childhood: Growing up in the Age of Electronic Media

by David Buckingham


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745619323
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/15/2000
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Buckingham is Reader in Education, Institute of Education, University of London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi


1 In Search of the Child 3

Part I

2 The Death of Childhood 21

3 The Electronic Generation 41

Part II

4 Changing Childhoods 61

5 Changing Media 80

6 Changing Paradigms 103

Part III

7 Children Viewing Violence 123

8 Children as Consumers 145

9 Children as Citizens 168


10 Children’s Media Rights 191

Notes 208

References 223

Index 241

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