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Children and Television: A Global Perspective

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4419-3
272 pages
August 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book offers an integrative view on children and television from the accumulated global literature in this field of the last 50 years, drawing on a diverse spectrum of research. combining both the American and European traditions. Children and Television features an international approach, balancing the need to contextualize television in children’s lives in their unique cultural spaces, as well as searching for universal understandings that hold true for children around the world.

  • Presents an inclusive view on children and television, examining the accumulated global literature in this field of the last 50 years
  • Combines both the European tradition, characterized by a more sociological and cultural studies perspective to the field, with the American tradition, influenced heavily by the developmental psychological studies
  • Draws together a methodological diversity from both the quantitative (experimental and survey) and qualitative (ethnographic and interview) research on children and television
  • Written with a distinctively international approach, and highlights the global perspective in each of the chapters.
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Preface.

Introduction.

1. The Home of Television Viewing.

2. Television and Individual Development.

3. Television and the Behavior of Children.

4. Television and the Social Construction of Reality.

5. Television and Learning.

6. Implications for Education and Policy.

7. Conclusion: Growing up in a Global Screen Culture.

Recommended Sources for Additional Readings.

References.

Index.
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Dafna Lemish is Editor of Journal of Children and Media and Professor of the Department of Communication at Tel Aviv University. Among others, she co-authored The Make-Believe Worlds of Children: When Harry Potter met Pokémon in Disneyland and co-edited Children and Media in Times of War and Conflict. She has been studying children and television for 25 years in the USA, Europe and Israel, and has worked on the early socialization of television viewing, the effects of television violence, cultivation of stereotypes, development of television literacy, construction of gender identities, and the role of television in children's lives during the Iraq war.
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  • Offers an integrative view on children and television from the accumulated global literature in this field of the last 50 years.
  • Combines both the American tradition, influenced heavily by the developmental psychological studies, as well as the European tradition, characterized by a more sociological and cultural studies perspective to the field.
  • Draws together a methodological diversity from both the quantitative- experimental and survey research, together with the qualitative- ethnographic and interview research of children and television.
  • Highlights the global perspective in each of the chapters, balancing the need to contextualize television in children's lives in their unique cultural spaces, as well as searching for universal understandings that hold true for children around the world.
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“An integrated analysis of research from all over the world on interrelationships between children and television in various national cultural contexts… Her book profits from her work in three areas of the world (the US, Europe, and Israel) [and] from her 25 years of research on this subject… Recommended.” CHOICE

"Dafna Lemish offers up an overview of everything you ever wanted to know about children and television."
Video Age


"Children and Television
is a very nicely crafted text that
chronicles the integration of television into the lives of children and their
families over the past 50 years. Given its accessible style, the text
should have appeal within the academic community and among the lay
public. In fact, the latter stand to gain the most in terms of better
understanding, from a scientifically substantiated vantage point, of how
television has fit into children's lives today and how it will prepare them
for the inevitable integration of more sophisticated media forms into
their lives tomorrow." PsycCRITIQUES

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