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Children, childhood and the contemporary media

Grieshaber, Sue (2010) Children, childhood and the contemporary media. In Cannella, G.S. & Soto, L.D. (Eds.) Childhoods : A Handbook. Peter Lang Publishers, New York, pp. 174-187.

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    Abstract

    This chapter investigates and critiques the idea of the sexualization of children in the contemporary media with a focus on recent events in Australia. It begins by commenting about aspects of Corporate Paedophilia: Sexualisation of children in Australia (Rush & La Nauze, 2006a) and then investigates relevant literature about consuming bodies to provide a frame for discussing consumer culture, children and childhood. Following this, the sexualization of children in the contemporary media is explored from the perspective of moral panics and the discourses of neoliberal tolerance and intolerance. The chapter concludes that although the idea of children being sexualized in contemporary media is contested, there can be no simple explanations and that a multiplicity of factors need to be taken into account that exist outside of media discourses.

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    ID Code: 38150
    Item Type: Book Chapter
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    Keywords: early childhood, sexualization
    ISBN: 9781433104510
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Peter Lang Publishers
    Deposited On: 06 Dec 2010 08:42
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:28

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