By D. Buckingham, Liesbeth de Block
Kids at the present time are growing to be up in a global of worldwide media. Many have additionally develop into worldwide electorate, via their adventure of migration and transnational networks. This e-book experiences learn and debate within the media, globalization, migration and youth, with empirical examine within which kid's voices are featured prominently and without delay.
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It simply means that we are more interested in the ways in which people use, interpret – and, in this instance, actively create – media (see Buckingham, 2000a: Chapter 6). We are concerned with how children use media to construct their identities and to make sense of the social and cultural contexts within which they live. While we would broadly agree that children are ‘active’ users of media – in the sense that they select, interpret and make judgments about what they watch and read – we do not believe that they are all-powerful.
Unfortunately, such issues also seem to have been sidelined in academic celebrations of the cultural hybridity of a small cosmopolitan elite. The challenge to fixed, essentialist conceptions of identity that is central to the ‘new ethnicities project’ remains topical and relevant today. In the context of discussions about transnationalism, these ideas need to be extended to incorporate the experience of ongoing connections. Yet in the current situation, where debates about multiculturalism, assimilation and integration are at the top of political agendas in all immigration countries, it is vital to avoid collapsing the diversity of migrant experiences into a single ‘migrant identity’.
Children share certain biological experiences which affect the social discourses that are used in relation to them, particularly in respect Changing Spaces 25 of adult power. Likewise, it is not to sanction a wholesale celebration of children’s competence or agency. Sociologists of childhood are keen to challenge notions of childhood innocence and vulnerability; but they also draw attention to the fact that children’s lives are framed by broader structural forces. There is a significant danger here of romanticising and overplaying the power that children might have.