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The complex process of children's identity in new landscapes of media and culture
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and communication science.
2013 (English)In: Communication Management Quarterly, ISSN 1452-7405, Vol. 8, no 29, 17-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Media's effects on children's behaviour and emotional status, as well as their vulnerability as Internet users and exposers are with no doubt two important areas within children and media studies. Nevertheless, research including children in the assumptions of media's role in everyday life needs to be emphasized. How children navigate in complex life worlds is of importance to many different research fields. Studies of media's role in children's lives will gain from including aspects of everyday life and notions of culture and identity processes. In order to understand the complexity of the modern landscapes of media and culture, the theoretical perspectives in this article are based on media and space, and how media influence cultures locally and globally. The aim is to discuss how children and adolescents reflect on culture and identity in their relationship to media. This discussion is based on two studies involving children in three disparate places, but with the similarities of having an extraordinary complex cultural and national structure: The Faroe Islands, Åland and Canada. The studies are based on different research methods, like interviews and text analysis. The findings suggest broader paths for the research of children and media for a deeper understanding of young media users' awareness of media's role in shaping and maintaining cultural identities.

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Novi Sad, Serbia: Communication Direction Center, Novi Sad and Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade , 2013. Vol. 8, no 29, 17-36 p.
Keyword [en]
identity process, children, media, cultural identity, national identiy, globalisation, complxity
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22813DOI: 10.5937/comman1329017SOAI: diva2:680535

Special issue: Children’s Cultures and Media Cultures

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