New Release Books by David Buckingham

David Buckingham is the author of Youth on Screen (2021), The Media Education Manifesto (2019), Computer Games (2014), The Civic Web (2013) and other 46 books.

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Youth on Screen

release date: Jul 01, 2021
Youth on Screen
"A star scholar's exciting history of young people in film and TV"--

The Media Education Manifesto

release date: Aug 05, 2019
The Media Education Manifesto
In the age of social media, fake news and data-driven capitalism, the need for critical understanding is more urgent than ever. Half-baked ideas about ‘media literacy’ will lead us nowhere: we need a comprehensive and coherent educational approach. We all need to think critically about how media work, how they represent the world, and how they are produced and used. In this manifesto, leading scholar David Buckingham makes a passionate case for media education. He outlines its key aims and principles, and explores how it can and should be updated to take account of the changing media environment. Concise, authoritative and forcefully argued, The Media Education Manifesto is essential reading for anyone involved in media and education, from scholars and practitioners to students and their parents.

Computer Games

release date: Mar 10, 2014
Computer Games
Computer games are one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving media of our time. Revenues from console and computer games have now overtaken those from Hollywood movies; and online gaming is one of the fastest-growing areas of the internet. Games are no longer just kids' stuff: the majority of players are now adults, and the market is constantly broadening. The visual style of games has become increasingly sophisticated, and the complexities of game-play are ever more challenging. Meanwhile, the iconography and generic forms of games are increasingly influencing a whole range of other media, from films and television to books and toys. This book provides a systematic, comprehensive introduction to the analysis of computer and video games. It introduces key concepts and approaches drawn from literary, film and media theory in an accessible and concrete manner; and it tests their use and relevance by applying them to a small but representative selection of role-playing and action-adventure games. It combines methods of textual analysis and audience research, showing how the combination of such methods can give a more complete picture of these playable texts and the fan cultures they generate. Clearly written and engaging, it will be a key text for students in the field and for all those with an interest in taking games seriously.

The Civic Web

release date: Oct 11, 2013
The Civic Web
An investigation of how governments, organizations, and groups use the Internet to promote civic and political engagement among young people. There has been widespread concern in contemporary Western societies about declining engagement in civic life; people are less inclined to vote, to join political parties, to campaign for social causes, or to trust political processes. Young people in particular are frequently described as alienated or apathetic. Some have looked optimistically to new media—and particularly the Internet—as a means of revitalizing civic life and democracy. Governments, political parties, charities, NGOs, activists, religious and ethnic groups, and grassroots organizations have created a range of youth-oriented websites that encourage widely divergent forms of civic engagement and use varying degrees of interactivity. But are young people really apathetic and lacking in motivation? Does the Internet have the power to re-engage those disenchanted with politics and civic life? Based on a major research project funded by the European Commission, this book attempts to understand the role of the Internet in promoting young people's participation. Examples are drawn from Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom—countries offering contrasting political systems and cultural contexts. The book also addresses broader questions about the meaning of civic engagement, the nature of new forms of participation, and their implications for the future of civic life.

After the Death of Childhood

release date: Jun 06, 2013
After the Death of Childhood
What will be the fate of childhood in the twenty-first century? Will children increasingly be living 'media childhoods', dominated by the electronic screen? Will their growing access to adult media help to abolish the distinctions between childhood and adulthood? Or will the advent of new media technologies widen the gaps between the generations still further? 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.

The Material Child

release date: Apr 26, 2013
The Material Child
Children today are growing up in an increasingly commercialised world. But should we see them as victims of manipulative marketing, or as competent participants in consumer culture? The Material Child provides a comprehensive critical overview of debates about children’s changing engagement with the commercial market. It moves from broad overviews of the theory and history of children’s consumption to insightful case studies of key areas such as obesity, sexualisation, children’s broadcasting and education. In the process, it challenges much of the received wisdom about the effects of advertising and marketing, arguing for a more balanced account that locates children’s consumption within a broader analysis of social relationships, for example within the family and the peer group. While refuting the popular view of children as incompetent and vulnerable consumers that is adopted by many campaigners, it also rejects the easy celebration of consumption as an expression of children’s power and autonomy. Written by one of the leading international scholars in the field, The Material Child will be of interest to students, researchers and policy-makers, as well as parents, teachers and others who work directly with children.

Beyond Technology

release date: Apr 17, 2013
Beyond Technology
Beyond Technology offers a challenging new analysis of learning, young people and digital media. Disputing both utopian fantasies about the transformation of education and exaggerated fears about the corruption of childhood innocence, it offers a level-headed analysis of the impact of these new media on learning, drawing on a wide range of critical research. Buckingham argues that there is now a growing divide between the media-rich world of childrens lives outside school and their experiences of technology in the classroom. Bridging this divide, he suggests, will require more than superficial attempts to import technology into schools, or to combine education with digital entertainment. While debunking such fantasies of technological change, Buckingham also provides a constructive alternative, arguing that young people need to be equipped with a new form of digital literacy that is both critical and creative. Beyond Technology will be essential reading for all students of the media or education, as well as for teachers and other education professionals.

Home Truths?

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Home Truths?
An academic approach to the popular use of video production technology

Cultural Studies Goes To School

release date: Aug 15, 2005
Cultural Studies Goes To School
First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Digitally Driven Curriculum?

release date: Jan 01, 2001

The Making of Citizens

release date: Jan 04, 2002
The Making of Citizens
Based on research conducted in Britain and the US, The Making of Citizens traces the dynamic complexities of young people's interpretations of news, and their judgements about the ways in which key social and political issues are represented. Rather than bemoaning young people's ignorance, he argues that we need to rethink what counts as political understanding in contemporary societies, suggesting that we need forms of factual reporting that will engage more effectively with young people's changing perceptions of themselves as citizens. The Making of Citizens provides a significant contribution to the study of media audiences and a timely intervention in contemporary debates about citizenship and political education.

Moving Images

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Moving Images
Concerns about the effects of television on young children are a recurrent focus of public controversy. Yet amid all the anxiety, children's voices are rarely heard. In this book, one of Britain's leading television researchers investigates children's own perspectives on what they find frightening, moving and upsetting. From "Nightmare on Elm Street" to "My Girl", from "The Colour Purple" to "The News at Ten", what children find upsetting is often difficult to predict. David Blackburn gives a detailed insight into children's responses to horror films, to "weepies" and soap operas, to news and to "reality programmes". He looks at how they learn to cope with their feelings about such material, and how their parents help or hinder them in doing so. This study offers a new approach to studying the role of television in children's lives, and should be of interest to parents and teachers, as well as policy makers and educationalists.

Children Talking Television

release date: Jan 01, 1993
Children Talking Television
Considers the role of social class, gender and ethnic background in determining children's understanding and use of television. The book looks at the development of children's conceptions of television genres and narrative forms and comprehension of

Schooling the Digital Generation

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Schooling the Digital Generation
For the past 25 years, digital technology has been heralded as a means of radically transforming education. Yet despite massive expenditure on the part of government and intensive promotion by industry, the technological revolution in schools has failed to materialize. Meanwhile, outside school, children are living digital childhoods, immersed in a complex multi-media environment; but they are also being aggresively targeted as consumers. We are witnessing a widening gap between the culture of the school and the culture of children's lives outside school. Bridging this gap will require more than superficial attempts to combine education and entertainment, or inflated technological rhetoric. In this professorial lecture, David Buckingham argues that the school should take a much more proactive role, providing both critical perspectives on media technology and creative opportunities to use it. Media literacy, he argues, should be seen as a core curriculum entitlement, and an indispensable requirement of modern life.

Education, Entertainment, and Learning in the Home

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Education, Entertainment, and Learning in the Home
This book is based on an extensive research project investigating the developing market in educational materials designed for use in the home. It considers the characteristics of "edutainment" in children's information books, pre-school magazines and CD-Roms. It discusses the economic forces at work in the production and marketing of these media, and the rhetoric of the sales pitches. Also, it considers how parents and children use them in the home.

Children's Television in Britain

release date: Mar 01, 1999

Optical, Electric, and Magnetic Properties of Molecules

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Optical, Electric, and Magnetic Properties of Molecules
This book celebrates the career and scientific accomplishments of Professor David Buckingham, who is due to retire from his Chair at Cambridge University in 1997. The adopted format comprises reprints of a number of David Buckingham's key scientific papers, each one or two of these preceded by a review of the corresponding area of David's wide-ranging research interest. Each reviewer is recognised as an expert in that field of interest and has some close association with David Buckingham, as a scientific colleague and/or a former research student. The book should serve as a distinctive reference source, both retrospective and prospective, for the field of chemical physics with which the name A.D. Buckingham is associated. The editors opted to reprint a majority of early classic Buckingham papers, balanced by some of David Buckingham's more recent publications. Reprinted papers have been placed into a general scientific context that covers prior influences on, and later impacts by, the work nominated for review.

Developing Media Literacy in Young Adults

release date: Jun 01, 2014
Developing Media Literacy in Young Adults
What are children of different ages capable of understanding about media? How does their learning develop over time? How can their learning about one aspect of media impact upon their learning about other areas? Developing Media Literacy is a succinct introduction to contemporary approaches to media education. Underpinned by the findings of a major research study into children’s media literacy, it offers clear accounts of the key areas of the media curriculum, extensive evidence about children’s changing cultural experiences, and engaging exploration of effective classroom practice and children’s media work. It covers a wide range of media themes and topics such as advertising, horror films, celebrity, news, computer games and popular television and is illustrated throughout by examples of students’ media productions. Key issues considered include: Rationales for media teaching What and how children might learn about media at different ages Understanding media language, representation, institutions and audiences Changing ideas about young people’s relationships with media Differences between students’ and teachers’ media experiences and preferences Media education and broader theories of learning Curriculum design and assessment. Written by leading, internationally recognised researchers in the field, this new title will be essential reading for all teachers, students and researchers interested in the development of media education.
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