International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture

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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.

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Kirsten Drotner is Professor of Media Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research examines media audiences' meaning-making in historical and contemporary perspective; media and digital literacies; digital co-creation and learning; qualitative methodologies inc. media ethnography; ICT studies and e-learning; digital museum studies; and child and youth culture studies. She is author or editor of six books in English, 24 books in Danish and numerous academic articles and chapters in edited volumes. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology and Head of the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research examines children, young people and the internet; social and family contexts and uses of ICT; media and digital literacies; the mediated public sphere; audience reception for diverse television genres; internet use and policy; public understanding of communications regulation; and research methods in media and communications. She is author or editor of fourteen books and many academic articles and chapters. Recent books include Young People and New Media (Sage, 2002), Audiences and Publics (edited, Intellect, 2005), The Handbook of New Media (edited, with Leah Lievrouw, Sage, 2006), Harm and Offence in Media Content (with Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Intellect, 2006), Media Consumption and Public Engagement (with Nick Couldry and Tim Markham, Palgrave, 2007), The International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture (edited, with Kirsten Drotner, Sage, 2008), Kids Online (edited, with Leslie Haddon, Policy, 2009), and Children and the Internet (2009, Polity).

Sonia Livingstone directs a 25-country network, EU Kids Online, for the EC's Safer Internet Programme. She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety, and has, at various times, served on the Department of Education's Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children, Ofcom's Media Literacy Research Forum, the Voice of the Listener and Viewer, and the Internet Watch Foundation. She was President of the International Communication Association (2007-8).

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This volume breaks new ground. Its ambitious goal is to deliver a holistic approach to children’s culture... Sonia Livingstone and Kirsten Drotner are well equipped for the job of attempting such a radically inclusive approach. Both scholars have conducted transnational empirical audience research, and are therefore not naive when it comes to the difficulties of such an enterprise. They are appropriate public intellectuals to embark on a job of creating bridges between a range of geographically dispersed scholarly and political discourses... The volume provides a stimulating read for researchers in a range of disciplines. It also deserves to be recommended to media regulators, politicians and journalism students. (International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics)

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