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Children, Youth, and International Television

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ISBN 9781032150734
February 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


Debbie Olson

Part One: Cultural Evolution

1. Migration, Youth and Australian Television: Production, Policies, and Audiences

Kyle Harvey

2. Skippy the Bush Kangaroo: Idealism, ‘Reality’ and 1960s Australian Children’s Television

Adrian Schober

3. I Know I Can Make it New: Degrassi, Youth Television, and the Work of Staying Relevant

Andrea Ruehlicke

4. TV Horror for Children as Transnational Genre: Round the Twist, Generic Subversions, and Quality Australian Children’s Television

Jessica Balanzategui

Part Two: Television Programming and National Identities

5. Children’s Maritime Television in Britain: Environment, Representation and Identity

Mark Fryers

6. "‘Thunderbirds are Go!’: Ideology and Representation in the Cold War Era

Fran Pheasant-Kelly

7. A Socialist School Story: The Czechoslovak television series "My všichni školou povinní"

Martina Winkler

Part Three: Televisual Style and National Identities

8. Aardman’s Animal Farm: "Loaded" Livestock and Illustrative Aesthetics in Shaun the Sheep (2007-2015)

Christopher Holliday

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

Feryal Awan

11. From Quinceañera to Miss XV: Coming of Age in Mexican Screen Melodrama

Sofia Rios

12. Gender, Ideology and Latin American Children's Animated Television

Milton Fernando Gozalez-Rodriguez

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Debbie Olson is Associate Professor of English at Missouri Valley College Adrian Schober is a Teacher Librarian at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Melbourne.