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[Commlist] new book: Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media. A Longitudinal Study of the Mediatization of Socialisation

Mon Feb 11 23:14:22 GMT 2019

*Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer & Philip Sinner (2019) *

*Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media. A Longitudinal Study of the Mediatization of Socialisation*

*Transforming Communications – Studies in Cross-Media Research*

ISBN 978-3-030-02652-3

ISBN 978-3-030-02653-0 (eBook)

London: Palgrave Macmillan


Available as open access publication at:


This book presents a qualitative longitudinal panel-study on child and adolescent socialisation in socially disadvantaged families. The study traces how children and their parents make sense of media within the context of their everyday life over twelve years (from 2005 to 2017) and provides a unique perspective on the role of different socialisation contexts, drawing on rich data from a broad range of qualitative methods. Using a theoretical framework and methodological approach that can be applied transnationally, it sheds light on the complex interplay of factors which shape children’s socialisation and media usage in multiple ways.


“A rare example of an inclusive approach to children’s relations to media, this important volume challenges snapshot perceptions of change. It is likely to be a key work of reference for years to come.” – *Kirsten Drotner*, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

“Rarely do we get to follow disadvantaged children’s developing media-lives into adulthood with such detail and insight. A comprehensive and enriching book for all those who care about children’s socialization, wellbeing, and equity!” – *Dafna Lemish*, Rutgers University, USA

“The book represents an astonishing body of in-depth and longitudinal research on the complex dynamics which characterise how socially-disadvantaged children are growing up in a thoroughly-mediated age. The results show starkly that policy interventions in the interests of social justice should include attention to the media and digital environment which, increasingly, shapes children’s life chances.” – *Sonia Livingstone*, London School of Economics, UK

“Clearly written and illustrated, this book presents a permanent 'dialog' between concepts and data, and is an outstanding contribution to Communication and Media Studies, Children Studies, Family Studies or Education.– *Cristina Ponte*, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

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