After the Death of Childhood
June 2000, Polity
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.
1 In Search of the Child 3
2 The Death of Childhood 21
3 The Electronic Generation 41
4 Changing Childhoods 61
5 Changing Media 80
6 Changing Paradigms 103
7 Children Viewing Violence 123
8 Children as Consumers 145
9 Children as Citizens 168
10 Children’s Media Rights 191
* In particular, explores ways in which the nature of childhood is chaning in the age of electronic media.
* This is a scholarly book based on up-to-date research and, at the same time, it is directly related to policy issues.
'After the Death of Childhood is an excellent summary and
critique of the hype surrounding childhood and the media at the
dawn of the 21st century. It debates issues with great flair and
utmost clarity and draws conclusions that are of vital importance
not only to educators and to those in the media, who should take
Buckingham's message very seriously, but to all interested and
informed adults.' Valerie Walkerdine, Foundation Professor of
Critical Psychology at University of Western Sydney,
'An overview of changes both in childhood and the media
environment, based on extensive research ... He raises some
important issues and dispels some fears.' CY Magazine
'Buckingham addresses the relationship between children and the
media by focusing on both the changing patterns of media and the
changing nature of childhood.' Reference and Research Book
'This is an important and engaging book that will prove
informative and challenging to literacy and English educators. It
places the work on children and the media in historical context and
suggests a way forward for research and policy developments.'
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
'a valuable addition to the ongoing debates over children and modern-day society' British Educational Research Journal