Children, Youth, and International Television
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This volume explores how television has been a significant conduit for the public consumption of changing ideas about children, childhood, and national identity, via a critical examination of programs that prominently feature children and youth in international television. The chapters connect relevant cultural attitudes within their respective countries to an analysis of children and/or childhood in international children’s programming. The collection addresses how international children’s programming in global and local context informs changing ideas about children and childhood, including notions of individual and citizen identity formation. Offering new insights into childhood and television studies, this book will be of great interest to graduate students, scholars, and professionals in television studies, childhood studies, media studies, cultural studies, popular culture studies, and American studies.
Table of Contents
Part One: Cultural Evolution
1. Migration, Youth and Australian Television: Production, Policies, and Audiences
2. Skippy the Bush Kangaroo: Idealism, ‘Reality’ and 1960s Australian Children’s Television
3. I Know I Can Make it New: Degrassi, Youth Television, and the Work of Staying Relevant
4. TV Horror for Children as Transnational Genre: Round the Twist, Generic Subversions, and Quality Australian Children’s Television
Part Two: Television Programming and National Identities
5. Children’s Maritime Television in Britain: Environment, Representation and Identity
6. "‘Thunderbirds are Go!’: Ideology and Representation in the Cold War Era
7. A Socialist School Story: The Czechoslovak television series "My všichni školou povinní"
Part Three: Televisual Style and National Identities
8. Aardman’s Animal Farm: "Loaded" Livestock and Illustrative Aesthetics in Shaun the Sheep (2007-2015)
9. The Sound of Norwegian Children’s Television: Narrating the Nation, Childhood and the Welfare State
Ingeborg Lunde Vestad
Part Four: Child Agency
10. Representations of Childhood and "Modes of Address" in Palestinian and Pan-Arab Programs for Children
11. From Quinceañera to Miss XV: Coming of Age in Mexican Screen Melodrama
12. Gender, Ideology and Latin American Children's Animated Television
Milton Fernando Gozalez-Rodriguez
Debbie Olson is Associate Professor of English at Missouri Valley College Adrian Schober is a Teacher Librarian at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Melbourne.