Media and Minority Children

Authored by: Michelle M. Rivera , Angharad N. Valdivia

The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415783682
eBook ISBN: 9780203366981
Adobe ISBN: 9781134060559


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Media are of the utmost importance for minority children as they allow them to bridge their experience as members of a minoritized culture and of a mainstream within which they must exist. Both the children and the media function in a transnational world that has implications in terms of belonging, interpretation, and identity. Of importance is the fact that minority child audiences actively interpret and “filter” global media through their local cultural experiences (Buckingham, 2002, p. 7). This chapter begins with an examination of the category “minority” as this varies across national spaces, foregrounding the concept of minoritization as a verb rather than a natural category or the noun “minority.” It then proceeds to examine research on representations of minority children. Next the chapter explores research on minority children’s use of the media with policy implications. The chapter ends with suggestions for further research.

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